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Across the Columbia plain : railroad expansion in the interior Northwest, 1885-1893

Author: Peter J Lewty
Publisher: Pullman, Wash. : Washington State University Press, ©1995.
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In just a few years of prosperity, between 1886 and 1891, a wave of railroad construction broke across the sparsely populated inland plain of the Pacific Northwest. Racing to secure strategic routes and sources of traffic, the railway promoters built an extensive and bewildering network of competing lines. Continuing the saga he commenced in To the Columbia Gateway: The Oregon Railway and the Northern Pacific,  Read more...
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Lewty, Peter J., 1934-
Across the Columbia plain.
Pullman, Wash. : Washington State University Press, c1995
(DLC) 94039630
(OCoLC)31375071
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Lewty
ISBN: 0585079552 9780585079554
OCLC Number: 44965416
Notes: Sequel to: To the Columbia gateway.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 326 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill., maps.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Lease and joint lease --
To Moscow, pomeroy, and weston --
Rivals in the palouse --
The cascade branch --
The stampede tunnel --
The columbia river bridge --
The hunt system --
Lexington, heppner, and the coal mines --
Coeur d'Alene --
Oregon ralway extensions --
In the big bend --
The Great northern railway --
Down to juleaetta --
To keep the wheels turning --
The road to ruin --
Appendix A: Railways in the Columbia interior, 1879-1893: distance and elevation --
Appendix B: Glossary of railroad terms.
Responsibility: Peter J. Lewty.

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In just a few years of prosperity, between 1886 and 1891, a wave of railroad construction broke across the sparsely populated inland plain of the Pacific Northwest. Racing to secure strategic routes and sources of traffic, the railway promoters built an extensive and bewildering network of competing lines. Continuing the saga he commenced 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 boom in the years 1885 to 1893. Recreating the prevailing atmosphere of optimism and excitement, he traces the expansion of the Northern Pacific and Union Pacific systems in the interior Northwest, chronicles the construction of the Pacific extension of the Great Northern Railway, and presents a multi-faceted portrait of railway operations on the last frontier of American settlement.

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