Railroads of Montana
GREAT NORTHERN RY - KETTLE FALLS, WA.
The Kettle Falls, Washington Branch of
the Great Northern Railway has an interesting
This 100-mile rail line that ran north from Spokane was first built to the Columbia River at Marcus tapping into the lucrative mining districts near the Washington/British Columbia borders. Through time and circumstance, the terminus at Marcus was changed to Kettle Falls where two separate rail lines left basically east and west of Kettle Falls to Nelson and Grand Forks, British Columbia. As the northeastern Washington area grew in population, so did the diversity of commodities change.
Mining still played a key role in
traffic shipments, but they also started to include many non-precious
minerals which to this day are the backbone of freight business. Not to be
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