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"North Bank Road (North Bank Railroad), Washington"
Includes ... North Bank Railroad ... North Bank Road ... North Bank Highway ...
Image, 2005, Fort Rains and the North Bank Railroad, click to enlarge
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View across the Columbia River, with the North Bank Railroad tracks. View taken from the Fort Rains location east of Bonneville Dam. Image taken February 26, 2005.


North Bank Road (North Bank Railroad) ...
The Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railroad, competitors in the transcontinental business, launched the Seattle Portland & Seattle Railway in 1905 and built a line along the north side of the Columbia River. This line was known as "The North Bank Railroad", "The North Bank Road", "Columbia River Scenic Route", and "The Northwests Own Railway". The tracks were started in October 1905 and completed in February 1908, with a celebration being held on March 11th at Sheridan Point upstream of the Fort Rains Blockhouse location. On March 19th, regular passenger servcie between Vancouver and Pasco was begun. The journey took eight hours.

North Bank Highway ...
The "North Bank Highway" is today's Washington State Route 14, parallelling the North Bank Road.
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Information sign ...

Image, 2005, Fort Rains and the North Bank Railroad information signs, click to enlarge
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Information signs for Fort Rains and the North Bank Railroad. Image taken February 26, 2005.
Image, 2005, North Bank Road information signs, click to enlarge
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Information sign for the North Bank Railroad. Image taken June 29, 2005.
Image, 2005, North Bank Road information signs, click to enlarge
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Information sign for the North Bank Railroad.

Caption for the left image reads: "Washington boasts the river's first railroad, which was built in 1851. A wooden cart on wooden rails and pulled by mules, it assisted early settlers around the Columbia's rapids. Despite this early start, modern locomotives were a long time coming."

Caption for the right image reads: "In a driving rain on March 11, 1908, delighted locals joined dignitaries here at Sheridan's Point to celebrate completion of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway between Pasco and Vancouver." Image taken June 29, 2005.



North Bank Railroad, 1907 ...
NORTH BANK RAILROAD
Will Soon Be Ready to Haul Grain to The Dalles.


"Seventeen depots have now been erected along the Portland and Seattle Railway, or north bank line, and are ready for use.

Already the tracklaying on the new line into Portland has been completed as far down as opposite The Dalles, and in addition depots have been erected at all the stopping points between Pasco and The Dalles. The buildings have all been painted and will be ready for occupancy as soon as the line is opened.

The following is the list of stations on the new line between Pasco and the present end of the line: Finlay, Hover, Yellepit, Tomar, Pottinger, Colbia, Plymouth, Gravel, Coolide, Patterson, Page, Luzonm, Carley, McCredie, Moonax, and Roosevelt.

It has already been announced by the Northern Pacific officials that grain hauling will commence on the north bank line some time in November. With the road now completed to The Dalles the wheat of the inland empire may be taken down to the open river and there transferred to steamers for Portland.

No passenger service will be established on the new ine, it is said, until the roadway has been completed into Portland.

The annual report of the Northern Pacific which has just been issued states that tracklaying will finished to Vancouver by the first of the year. The big bridges across the Columbia and Willamette rivers will be finished by June of next year."


Source:    "Heppner Gazette", October 31, 1907, original courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2015.



North Bank Railroad, Klickitat County, 1950 ...

Map detail, 1950, Klickitat County, Washington, click to enlarge
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Klickitat County map detail, 1950, showing the North Bank Railroad (SP&S), the North Bank Highway (Route 8), and the area from Underwood to Lyle. Metsker Maps. Original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.

Underwood, White Salmon, Bingen, Vila, and Lyle ... the Hood River to White Salmon Bridge and the Rowena to Lyle Ferry.
Map detail, 1950, Klickitat County, Washington, click to enlarge
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Klickitat County map detail, 1950, showing the North Bank Railroad (SP&S), the North Bank Highway (Route 8), and the area from Lyle to Wishram. Metsker Maps. Original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.

Lyle, Skadat, Rock Island, Dallesport (Northdalles), Spearfish, Avery, and Wishram ... and the Rowena to Lyle and the The Dalles to Dallesport ferries.
Map detail, 1950, Klickitat County, Washington, click to enlarge
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Klickitat County map detail, 1950, showing the North Bank Railroad (SP&S), the North Bank Highway (Route 8), and the area from Avery to Cliffs. Metsker Maps. Original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.

Wishram, Maryhill, and Cliffs ... and the Biggs to Maryhill Ferry.
Map detail, 1950, Klickitat County, Washington, click to enlarge
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Klickitat County map detail, 1950, showing the North Bank Railroad (SP&S), the North Bank Highway (Route 8), and the area from Cliffs to Fountain. Metsker Maps. Original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.

Cliffs, Towel, Goodnoe, and Fountain ... Rock Creek and the Rock Creek Rapids, and the downstream end of the Four O'clock Rapids.
Map detail, 1950, Klickitat County, Washington, click to enlarge
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Klickitat County map detail, 1950, showing the North Bank Railroad (SP&S), the North Bank Highway (Route 8), and the area from Fountain to Moonax. Metsker Maps. Original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.

Fountain, Sundale, Roosevelt, and Moonax ... Rock Creek and the Rock Creek Rapids, Four O'clock Rapids, Blalock Rapids. and Owyhee Rapids ... and the Arlington to Roosevelt Ferry.
Map detail, 1950, Klickitat County, Washington, click to enlarge
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Klickitat County map detail, 1950, showing the North Bank Railroad (SP&S), the North Bank Highway (Route 8), and the area from Roosevelt to Alderdale. Metsker Maps. Original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.

Roosevelt, Moonax, McCredie, and Alderdale ... the Arlington to Roosevelt Ferry and an Oregon to Alderdale Ferry.


Tunnels and Bridges ...
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Views ...

Image, 2005, Yellepit area, click to enlarge
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Train approaching Yellepit area, Washington. The location of Yellepit is on the left. View from Washington Highway 730 near mouth of the Walla Walla River. Image taken September 25, 2005.


North Bank Road, etc.

  • SP4449, September 2006 ...
  • SP&S700, July 2005 ...


SP4449, September 2006 ...

Image, 2006, SP4449 Steam Engine, click to enlarge
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SP 4449 Steam Engine on the Wind River Bridge, Washington, Columbia Gorge. Image taken September 16, 2006.
Image, 2006, SP4449 Steam Engine, Wind River Bridge, click to enlarge
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SP 4449 Steam Engine, at Wind River, Washington, Columbia Gorge. Image taken September 16, 2006.


SP&S700, September 2005 ...

Image, 2005, SP&S 700 Excursion Train, click to enlarge
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Rounding the Bend. SP&S 700 Steam Engine, Spokane, Portland & Seattle Excursion Train, Columbia Gorge, July 2005. View from Dog Creek, Columbia River Gorge, Washington. Image taken July 6, 2005.
Image, 2005, SP&S 700 Excursion Train, click to enlarge
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SP&S 700 Steam Engine. Spokane, Portland & Seattle Excursion Train, Columbia Gorge, July 2005. View from Dog Creek, Columbia River Gorge, Washington. Image taken July 6, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016;    "historylink.org" website, 2015, Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History;   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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