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Northern Pacific Valuation Map, 1921
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NP North Coast Limited, Tacoma, 1968  Olympia Northern Pacific, 1956, WSU Press  Port Townsend Southern, Olympia Depot, 1901 
Northern Pacific North Coast Limited at Tacoma Union Station in 1968 on a route between Seattle and Chicago. Photo by Jim Fredrickson. Courtesy of Washington State University Press. Published in "Railscapes: A Northern Pacific Brasspounder’s Album Seattle to Hoquiam train at Olympia Northern Pacific station Feb. 14, 1956. Photo by Jim Fredrickson. Courtesy Washington State University Press. Published in "Railscapes: A Northern Pacific Brasspounder’s Album" 1901 Port Townsend Southern depot just north of the current 4th Avenue Bridge, Olympia. Conductor Morrow is pictured on the ground standing next to a Porter engine (built in 1897) and engineer. Engine 6 became part of Northern Pacific livery in 1902. Photo courtesy of Peter Replinger and Jim Hannum.

Chambers Prairie  Tenino NP Station 1877  Olympia Union Pacific 
Chambers Prairie Union Pacific Depot, May 22, 1928, jointly used by passenger and freight trains on the Prairie Line between Tenino and Tacoma. Later renamed East Olympia, predecessor of Olympia-Lacey Centennial Station. Photo by James Fisher. Courtesy Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association. Ainsworth Collection. (WWANL-T03-096) Edited. The original Tenino Station, circa 1877, four or five years after the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived to what is now the town of Tenino. This started passenger rail service for South Puget Sound. You could board the NP in St. Paul, Minn. that year and Tenino Station would be your last stop after a train ferry ride on the "Tacoma" across the Columbia River near Kalama. NP spent some time deciding whether to proceed from Tenino to Olympia, Tacoma, or Seattle. It eventually chose Tacoma. I appreciate the assistance of Tenino Historian Rich Edwards for locating and identifying this photo believed to be taken by Hiram Hoyt, Seattle, between 1876-1878. Station named after the Oregon Navigation Co. Columbia River Sternwheeler "Tenino" (1860) or later "New Tenino" from Celilo to Wallula. Oregon Washington Railway and Navigation Company Office in downtown Olympia on Fourth Ave. Company owned by Union Pacific. Part of the building still stands today. Photo by Marvin Boland. Circa 1920s. Courtesy 2009.34.57, Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma (Wash.)


Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul (Milwaukee Road) in South Sound
1916 Map Courtesy Washington State University Libraries
"UP" references Union Pacific's subsidiary, Oregon Washington Railroad and Navigation Co.
"GN" is Great Northern
"NP" is Northern Pacific Railway


Puget Sound and Willapa Harbor Depot in Chehalis between 1913 and 1915. Puget Sound & Willapa Harbor was among companies owned by The Milwaukee Road, which later renamed both the depot and locomotive. Photo courtesy of the Lewis County Museum and Director 
Jason Mattson. (P14556)

Sheldon Siding  Lacey NP Station  Chambers Prairie Engines 
Sheldon Station on the Olympia-Tenino Railroad. Address is about 9600 Highway 99, Tumwater. With NPs decision to build track to Tacoma from Tenino, Olympia interests built this track (initially narrow gage) from Tenino to what is now Capitol Lake in 1877. Also known as the Olympia and Chehalis Valley Railroad before acquired by Northern Pacific. Some of those pictured are believed to be members of the Sheldon Family including children Lena, May and Earl. Thanks to Ron Nelson for his assistance. Passenger train Tacoma-bound from Lacey Northern Pacific Station in 1912. Photo from the Harold Meir Collection, Courtesy St. Martin's University Abbey. Special thanks to Father Peter Tynan, University Chaplain and Abbey Monk. Locomotive is a Baldwin 4-6-0 built about 1890. Chambers Prairie Union Pacific Station located off Rich Road south of Olympia. This station was the forerunner of Centennial Station off the main line at Yelm Highway. (Courtesy Jim Hannum, Olympia. Lacey Historical Museum)

Yelm Station  Olympia Tumwater Streetcar  Rainier Northern Pacific 
Yelm Northern Pacific station. Photo by Virg Holloway (Courtesy Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association, Fredrickson Collection JMF04-02998.0) Tumwater Station. Streetcar station was operated by the Olympia Power and Light Co. (later acquired by Puget Sound Power and Light in 1924.) This station and adjacent tracks may have been used in about 1902 to haul passengers as well as beer (on flat cars) from the original Olympia Brewery to a bottling facility near the Northern Pacific Depot (Capitol Lake). The photo of the boarded station was taken about 1916 on the Custer Street bridge. Courtesy of Washington State Historical Society (C2019.0.144) and Jim Hannum, Olympia, author of "Gone But Not Forgotten." All Olympia-area streetcar services were terminated on Dec. 1, 1933. The first attempt at streetcar service began in 1890 with Olympia, Tumwater, and Brighton Park Motor Railway Corp. proposed to originate in the vicinity of what is now the Olympia Airport.  Rainier, Wa., Station. Edited version. Northern Pacific Historical Association (JMF04-03000.0) January 1975. Photo by Fisher.

Olympia Northern Pacific, Capitol Lake  Nisqually NP Station  St. Claire Station 
Northern Pacific Olympia Depot, 1914. Courtesy 2010.149.5.2, Washington State Historical Asssociation, Tacoma (Wash.) Depot was from about 1891 until torn down for replacement in 1966, about 75 years. Nisqually Northern Pacific Station. 1941-44 Photo by Jim Fredrickson. Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association, JMF04-03053.0 Saint Clair Northern Pacific Depot, 1927. From the Jim Fredrickson Collection, Northern Pacific Historical Association (JMF04-03055.0) Thanks to Jim Hannum, Olympia.

Centralia Station  Waiting for President Taft, 1909, Lacey Depot  Port Townsend Southern Tenino Station, 1885 
Centralia Northern Pacific station once handled 44 passenger trains per day. Built in 1912, it serves eight trains today. (Larry Ganders) Waiting for President William Howard Taft at Lacey Northern Pacific Station in 1909. (Courtesy Washington State Historical Society - C1968.52.1) The city recently built a replica of the building at the same location off Pacific Avenue. Port Townsend Southern Station at Tenino in 1885. (Courtesy Jim Hannum, Olympia; University of Washington archives)

Olympia NP Station With Capitol Gate
Grays Harbor passenger train at Northern Pacific Station near downtown Olympia, WA on Feb. 13, 1956. Address is 721 Columbia St. SW. Courtesy of the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association. Photo by John T. Labbe. Gas-Electric Northern Pacific single-vehicle "Doodlebug" (Train 502) waits for a connecting Tacoma-Hoquiam  train pulled by a 4-6-2 NP locomotive at Gate City Station  in 1941. The doodlebug continued to Centralia.  Doodlebugs were used in various Northwest locations including Seattle, Hoquiam, Spokane, Coulee City, and the Palouse. The Electro-Motive B-8 pictured has a brightly painted front of white stripes on red ahead of the traditional Northern Pacific green. Gate or Gate City was located at rail crossings near Rochester in Thurston County.Photo by James Turner. Courtesy Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association and Gary Tarbox. (WWANL-T16-030)

Second Olympia NP Depot, 1968-1989

This is the second Northern Pacific Olympia depot built in 1968. (On the original NP Capitol Lake site, 721 SW Columbia St.) It served as a combined freight-passenger depot for NP until 1989 when it was transferred to Burlington Northern (Glacier Properties) It was purchased by the state of Washington in 1991, which still owns it today. (Photo by Larry Ganders, 2021)
"AmShack", East Olympia in 1980

"AmShack," the only Olympia Station Stop for Amtrak for many years. This photo was taken in 1980 by Walt Vitous. The three-sided station, eventually painted yellow, was located on Rich Road in East Olympia. It was the immediate forerunner of Olympia-Lacey Centennial Station which opened in 1993. Photo courtesy Paul Vitous, Olympia. Train is the Coast Starlight led by an EMD SDP40F locomotive, which did not stop that year.

Chehalis Northern Pacific

The Northern Pacific station at Chehalis, WA was built in 1912. Picture is from a post card, Circa 1913, by Pacific Photo Co. of Salem, Ore.  This photo is courtesy of the Lewis County Historical Museum. Special thanks to Jason Mattson, Director. This was the site of a displayed 360-year-old Douglas Fir stump cut near Pe Ell in 1901. It was eight feet wide at the top and 12 feet at the base. The stump in Chehalis was where politicians like William Howard Taft, Eugene Debs, and Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered local "stump speeches." Even prior to 1912, this area was a flag station stop for the Northern Pacific dating back to when it was called "Saundersville" in 1874.. The area was often flooded and referred to as "Saunders Bottom," an apparent play on "Soggy Bottom."

Plumb Station, Thurston County

This photo in 1926 is of Plumb Railroad Station, (aka "Plum") at a settlement named after Elihu B. Plumb. It was located east of Highway 99 near Waldrick Road south of Tumwater on the former Port Townsend Southern main line. The settlement also had a U.S. Post Office that operated from 1879-1885. The station building was removed by 1927.
Photo by James Fisher courtesy of the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association. (WWANL T03-103)

Great Northern Engine at Chehalis, 1950
Great Northern diesel at Chehalis Depot, 1950. Photo courtesy of the he Lewis County Historical Museum. Special thanks to Jason Mattson, Director.

Union Pacific train station and yards south of Rochester at "Independence" that served both the Union Pacific and  Milwaukee Road. Courtesy of the Washington State Capitol Museum and special thanks to Dr. James Hannum, author of "Gone But Not Forgotten." Established about 1910 but no longer in existance.

Olympia Beer Refer 1906-1910

Olympia Beer refrigerator car shown circa 1906-1910.
Railcar at old Olympia brewery. Northern Pacific car is emblazoned with Olympia beer logo and name. Track is siding of Port Townsend Southern Railroad that served the brewery. Restoration of photo c
ourtesy of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. The engine may be a C-11 Baldwin 4-4-0 #858 built 1879-1883.'

Elaine Banghart

Wenatchee Apple Promotion with Great Northern Railway.
Oct. 18, 1947
Wenatchee, Washington
From the archives of the Wenatchee World (Also Railway Age, Vol. 123, No. 18)
This promotion features1946 Apple Blossom Princess, the late Lois Elaine Banghart (1928-2021); Later Lois Elaine Beall. She became an orchardist in the Chelan area. It marked 10,000 Great Northern trainloads of apples shipped from Wenatchee to Minneapolis from 1901-1947. The engine is an Electro-Motive Diesel Corporation diesel-electric FTA, probably produced around 1944. In service until 1951. Photo is also available through the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Milwaukee Road, Chehalis 1913_1915
Tenino sandstone freight and passenger station before the building was moved to become a museum. Photo by Robert Johnston, Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association. (T03-107)
Puget Sound and Willapa Harbor Depot in Centralia between 1913 and 1915. Puget Sound & Willapa Harbor was among companies owned by The Milwaukee Road, which later renamed both the depot and locomotive. Photo courtesy of the Lewis County Museum and Director Jason Mattson. (P14556)

Nisqually Prairie Bridge 1929
The 149-year-old Prairie Line from Tenino to Tacoma featured the addition of this steel bridge in 1904 that still stands today near Yelm and is proposed as a new pedestrian trail. Photo taken in 1929 by James Fisher (edited.) Courtesy Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association (WWANL T04-064)

Kyro, WA in 1927
 Historic photo of Kyro Station near Marvin Road in Lacey, WA. Volunteers at Olympia-Lacey Centennial Station receive important axel count alerts from Mile Post 30 that notify us of southbound trains approaching in just a couple minutes. Back from 1915-1927, that was the site of the closest station to what is now Centennial. At the intersection of Marvin Road and what is now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe main line was the Northern Pacific's "Kyro Station" (far left building) which served both passenger trains and freight in today's Lacey area at least 107-plus years ago. The station with its 100,000-gallon water tower also marked the turnout for Union Lumber Company and the area known as "Union Mills." Special thanks to Gary Tarbox, Dr. Jim Hannum, and the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association for their assistance. The original photo by James Fisher (JMF04-03059) from 1927 was heavily damaged and has been edited.

Talgo Train 753, Mt. Adams Amtrak Cascades Train 753, Mt. Adams. Led by Amtrak 243.
Amtrak Cascades Talgo Train #753
 at Centennial Station, April 9, 1995.
Amtrak Engine 243 led Train 753.
Photos Courtesy of Audrey Skaugseth.

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