Palouse Rails: Granger Railroads of the Inland Northwest (Paperback)

Palouse Rails: Granger Railroads of the Inland Northwest By Thomas Hillebrant Cover Image

Palouse Rails: Granger Railroads of the Inland Northwest (Paperback)


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The Palouse region of Eastern Washington and North Idaho produces the highest yields of any wheat-growing district in North America, followed closely by farmlands in the adjoining Walla Walla and Camas Prairie regions. Early farmers clamored for railroads to carry their harvests to world markets, and soon a veritable spider's web of competing rail routes left few corners of the Inland Northwest untouched. Some lines also reached into nearby forests to haul timber to local sawmills and ship out finished lumber.

As the principal transporter of people and goods prior to World War II, railroads served an integral role in the communities they served. Despite traffic losses to competing trucks and river barges, railroads still haul considerable grain and wood products tonnage on these lines today.

Palouse Rails tells the stories of seven major railroads serving these regions, from their origins to the present day, through the eyes of contemporary railroad photographers. These images capture the railroad equipment, locations, personnel, and operations that, for generations, have connected Inland Northwest's agricultural regions with each other and with the world.

Product Details ISBN: 9781634990608
ISBN-10: 1634990609
Publisher: America Through Time
Publication Date: October 1st, 2018
Pages: 192
Language: English