By Peter J Lewty
In precisely many years of prosperity, among 1886 and 1891, a wave of railroad development broke around the in moderation populated inland simple of the Pacific Northwest. Racing to safe strategic routes and assets of site visitors, the railway promoters outfitted an in depth and bewildering community of competing strains. carrying on with the saga he began 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 existing surroundings of optimism and pleasure, he strains 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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Page x This second volume, a sequel to my To the Columbia Gateway: The Oregon Railway and the Northern Pacific, 1879-1884 (Washington State University Press, 1987), covers the period of adjustment following the collapse of Henry Villard's first empire. 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.
James Reiser of the Union Pacific Railroad Company Division Engineer's Office, Portland, Oregon, who cheerfully complied with my repeated requests for civil engineering data; my friend, the late Mr. Ernest Turner of Ottawa, Ontario, who sought out material held in the National Science Library of Canada; and last, but by no means least, my wife Beverley and son Steven who typed the manuscript several times over. To all of these wonderful people and to the staff of the WSU Press I express my sincere thanks.
The legislators, however, withheld financial assistance and refused to guarantee the company's bond issues. , the well-known wartime financial agents for the United States, attempted to sell Northern Pacific bonds, but without government guarantees their efforts were badly handicapped. Construction nevertheless got underway in 1870, and by June 1873 the track extended west Page xiv from Duluth to the Missouri River. A separate section of railway, meanwhile, linked Kalama on the lower Columbia River with Tacoma on Puget Sound.