By Peter J Lewty
In precisely many years of prosperity, among 1886 and 1891, a wave of railroad development broke around the carefully populated inland undeniable of the Pacific Northwest. Racing to safe strategic routes and assets of site visitors, the railway promoters outfitted an intensive and bewildering community of competing traces. carrying on with the saga he started out in To the Columbia Gateway: The Oregon Railway and the Northern Pacific, 1879-1884 (WSU Press, 1987), Peter Lewty describes the region's dramatic railroad increase within the years 1885 to 1893. Recreating the present surroundings of optimism and pleasure, he lines the growth of the Northern Pacific and Union Pacific structures within the inside Northwest, chronicles the development of the Pacific extension of the nice Northern Railway, and offers a multi-faceted portrait of railway operations at the final frontier of yank cost.
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Worse still, the rental would be an intolerable burden, weakening Northern Pacific at a time when maximum financial confidence would be needed to attract funds for construction of a railway over the Cascade Mountains. The OR&N lines had not yet been connected with the Oregon Short Line, and observers did not expect the Union Pacific to be financially capable of leasing the OR&N for some time. 3 On the Cascade Branch, meanwhile, workers began the second 25-mile section of the Yakima Valley line and the company let a contract for clearing a right of way on the west side of the mountains.
Following the incorporation of the O&T, however, a branch line was built east to Colfax from a connection with the Northern Pacific main line at Palouse Junction, 51 miles north of Wallula. The Villard lines then crossed the Snake River on a single bridge at Ainsworth. In Oregon, meanwhile, OR&N started a line Page xvi from Umatilla southeast over the Blue Mountains to Baker City to head off the Union Pacific's Oregon Short Line. As a result of Villard's quarrels with Union Pacific about access to mining areas in Montana, this road was eventually extended beyond Baker City to Huntington.
It deals with the shifting relationships between the Northern Pacific, Oregon & Transcontinental, Oregon Railway & Navigation, and Union Pacific Railway companies, and traces the effects of company rivalry on the pattern of railroad expansion in the Interior. An account is also given of the advent of the Great Northern Railway. I have taken pains to describe the features of the various lines, examine contemporary methods of construction, and chronicle the contractors' advance. I have also added a chapter to cover railway operations of the time.