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Wheat country railroad : the Northern Pacific's Spokane & Palouse and competitors
Recognizing the profit potential, East Coast financial interests, as well as powerful Portland and Puget Sound players battled for economic supremacy on the Palouse. Initially as partners and later as opponents, the Oregon Railway & Navigation Co., Union Pacific, and Northern Pacific Railroad laid rail, invested capital, speculated, and built a remarkable infrastructure that included the Columbia and Palouse Railroad and the competing Spokane & Palouse Railway. Their intense rivalry played a critical role in eastern Washington and northwest Idaho's agricultural and population growth. Based on internal railroad correspondence and documents, and contemporary publications and newspapers, "Wheat Country Railroad" offers the most comprehensive and detailed study ever compiled of the area's late 19th and early 20th century railroading, presenting a unique reference work on railroads in the West and nation during the Gilded Age and beyond.
Railroad beginning in the Snake River country, 1864-1883 -- The Columbia and Palouse Railroad to 1886 and the fall of Villard -- The Northern Pacific prepares to return to the Palouse, 1885-86 -- Lease negotiations, 1881-87 -- The Spokane and Palouse construction: Marshall to Belmont, 1886-87 -- The Spokane & Palouse extends to Genesee, 1886-88 -- Oregon Railway & navigation projection and expansion in the Palouse, 1884-1890 -- The joint lease and the arbitration contract negotiations, 1887-89 -- Early projections of the Spokane & Palouse to Colfax and Penawawa, 1885-92 -- The S&P and the ORN consider routes to Lewiston, 1885-92 -- S&P operation, the Lewiston extension construction, 1890-93 and the Farmington branch, 1890-1910 -- James J. Hill, the great Northern and the Palouse, to 1894 -- The Palouse Railroads during the Northern Pacific receivership, 1893-96 -- The completion of the Lewiston extension and the demise of the Spokane & Palouse, 1897-1900 -- The Northern Pacific, James J. Hill and E. H. Harriman and the Snake River country, 1897-1901 -- Conflict and agreement, 1901-1910 -- The Columbia & Palouse Railroad and the La Crosse gateway, 1887 to 1980 -- Projections, surveys and construction, 1886-1913 -- New railroads in the Palouse, 1901-1910 -- Palouse & Lewiston branches, 1901-1910.
Physical Description:
xviii, 349 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Washington State University Press,
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Publication Information:
Pullman, Washington : Washington State University Press, [2018]

Call Number:
385.09 BEACH
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