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 resources of site visitors, the railway promoters outfitted an intensive 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 growth 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 platforms within the inside Northwest, chronicles the development of the Pacific extension of the nice Northern Railway, and provides a multi-faceted portrait of railway operations at the final frontier of yank cost.
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By spring 1885 the company's financial situation was desperate. 4 Just as the OR&N position deteriorated, however, that of the Union Pacific, now under new management, began to improve. Page 3 Northern Pacific therefore decided not to delay any longer and in February 1885 offered to lease the OR&N for a guarantee of 5 percent dividends on the stock for three years and 6 percent thereafter. 6 They consequently demanded 6 percent for three years and 7 percent thereafter, and the talks again broke down.
Lewty. cm. Sequel to: To the Columbia gateway. Includes bibliographical references and index. paper). Northern Pacific Railroad Company History 19th century. Oregon and Transcontinental Company History 19th century. Oregon Railway and Navigation Company History 19th century. Union Pacific Railroad Company History 19th century. Title. 09795'09034 dc20 94-39630 CIP Washington State University Press Pullman, Washington 99164-5910 Phone: (800) 354-7360 Fax: (509) 335-8568 Page v To Beverley, with love Page vii Contents Preface ix Prologue xiii 1 Lease and Joint Lease 1 2 To Moscow, Pomeroy, and Weston 21 3 Rivals in the Palouse 27 4 The Cascade Branch 35 5 The Stampede Tunnel 59 6 The Columbia River Bridge 67 7 The Hunt System 71 8 Lexington, Heppner, and the Coal Mines 93 9 Coeur d'Alene 99 10 Oregon Railway Extensions 119 11 In the Big Bend 129 12 The Great Northern Railway 143 13 Down to Juliaetta 171 14 To Keep the Wheels Turning 177 15 The Road to Ruin 211 Appendix A: Railways in the Columbia Interior, 1879-1893: Distances and Elevations 219 Appendix B: Glossary of Railroad Terms 239 Notes 267 Bibliography 307 Index 311 Page ix Preface When I first went to live in the mountains of the West Kootenay I was surprised to find that if I followed the Columbia River south into the State of Washington it soon brought me to a wide-open prairie country, a land of broad wheat fields on rolling hills, with small towns nestling in the dry valleys between.
Adams and Wright each feared that the other's company would secure the balance of power. Villard, moreover, had apparently failed to make clear to Adams that the ticket chosen for the Oregon & Transcontinental election would also be put forward for the OR&N contest. The list included only one wholly committed Union Pacific candidate out of the six proposed. Adams therefore Page 12 became convinced that his company was about to lose effective influence in OR&N affairs. As the Union Pacific depended upon the OR&N property for its only reliable outlet to the West Coast, this was a serious matter.