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GREAT NORTHERN RY - KETTLE FALLS, WA. BOOK
  

I would like to thank all my customers who purchased this publication in the past
It is now available as a free download

Great Northern Railway's Kettle Falls, WA Branch

The Great Northern Railway - Kettle Falls Branch Book contains 235 full-color and B&W photographs,
nearly 50 maps and track profiles with dozens of images and other historical information.
The disc also contains a comprehensive reference and index of over 400 entries.

         
    Great Northern Railway - Kettle Falls, Washington Branch - Book Cover
   

GREAT NORTHERN'S KETTLE FALLS, WASHINGTON BRANCH - THE STORY

The Kettle Falls, Washington Branch of the Great Northern Railway has an interesting
history going back to the late 1880's in Washington State's "Inland Empire."

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 forgotten,
as with anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, timber is a major player - as on the Kettle Falls line
in the past and today. Not so well known was the booming tourist business that in
the early part of the twentieth Century drew Spokane residents to Loon Lake.
All these aspects of the Kettle Falls Branch are covered in this publication.     


                                              
Great Northern Railway - Kettle Falls, Washington Branch - Back Cover

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