By Peter J Lewty
In precisely many years of prosperity, among 1886 and 1891, a wave of railroad building broke around the moderately populated inland undeniable 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 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 growth within the years 1885 to 1893. Recreating the existing 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 good Northern Railway, and provides a multi-faceted portrait of railway operations at the final frontier of yank payment.
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Anxiety, however, was unwarranted, for even as Villard conducted negotiations for the joint lease, Charles B. Wright proceeded with his own subversive scheme for invading the area south of the Snake River. In November 1887 Northern Pacific announced it would make a traffic agreement with the Oregon & Washington Territory Railroad. 31 Then, early in December of that year, the public learned that Charles B. Wright, Jr. and contractor George W. 32 By December 31, 1887, workers had laid track from Wallula almost to Helix and grading was in progress on a branch to Centerville.
Wright, Jr. and contractor George W. 32 By December 31, 1887, workers had laid track from Wallula almost to Helix and grading was in progress on a branch to Centerville. At the end of March 1888 Hunt concluded an agreement with local residents to build a line to Walla Walla, and within three weeks his graders were at work in the rich Eureka Flat wheatland. Portland merchants, meanwhile, had invested heavily in the Coeur d'Alene mines and erected a smelter at East Portland. 37 The mining business, meanwhile, expanded rapidly.
Philosophically contemplating the sudden "revolution of the wheel of fortune," he decided instead to assume the role of mediator. His object would be to bring the warring factions together and eliminate wasteful competition between railroad companies operating in the far Northwest. 25 Wright and Harris viewed these events uneasily. They were fully conscious not only of the voting strength placed in Villard's hands but also of the financially exhausted condition of the Northern Pacific. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 1887 the railroad rate war and the OR&N exactions had reduced the annual surplus to a mere $65,707.
Across the Columbia Plain: Railroad Expansion in the Interior Northwest, 1885-1893 by Peter J Lewty