Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
Descutes River Railroad War, The  By Leon Speroff w dust jacket

Descutes River Railroad War, The By Leon Speroff w dust jacket

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Descutes River Railroad War, The By Leon Speroff w dust jacket
 
The Descutes River Railroad War By Leon Speroff
Hardbound With Dustjacket
218 Pages
Copyright 2006


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
1. Every Rock Has a History
The Deschutes Canyon Is Millions of Years Old
2. A Peculiar River13
Utterly Impracticable for a Railroad
3. Building a Railroad28
A Dynamic Mixture of Forces
4. The First Transcontinental Railroad38
Nail It Down! Get the Thing Built! We Can Fix It Later
5. The Protagonists47
The Bear and the Terrier
6. Hill and Harriman in the Pacific Northwest58
Competitive Financial Shenanigans
7. The Beginnings of a Railroad Along the Deschutes River70
We Are Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
8. Railroad Construction and Competition Along the Deschutes River82
We Are Not Building a Turkey Track up the River
9. Working on the Deschutes River Railroads112
The Railroad Laborer Is a Peculiar Genius
10. Bridges126
The Falls! We Don't Hear It Anymore
11. Completion of Two Railroads to Bend139
I Don't See Any Golden Spike, Durnit!
Epilogue161
A Typical Trip with the Oregon Trunk Flyer
Appendix 1167
Railroad and River Mile Points
Appendix 2169
Origin of Station Names on the Oregon Trunk
Chapter References171
Illustration Acknowledgments195
Bibliography201
Books201
Book Chapters203
Journal Articles204
Magazine Articles206
Collections206
Government Documents207
Newspapers207
Miscellaneous208
Index211

MAPS AND DIAGRAMS
The Deschutes River Railroads - 1911Front Endpaper
The Deschutes River Railroad - 2006Back Endpaper
Oregon and Washingtonxiv
Pangaea2
Tectonic Plate Movement2
Adding Terrane Land to the Continent3
The Old Continental Margin and Trench4
Section Through a Basalt Lava Flow6
Extent of Columbia Basalt Flows8
Pacific Northwest and the Missoula Floods11
Deschutes River Basin15
Topography of the Deschutes River Canyon19
Frog30
Wye30
Grade30
Spike35
Rails35
Tracks35
Transcontinental Railroad - 186945
Great Northern Railway50
Union Pacific to the Northwest - 190055
Oregon Short Line Railroad56
Northern Pacific Railroad59
The Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. - Around 190060
Pacific Northwest Railroads - 191066
Barlow Road113
Crooked River Bridge134
The Columbia River Bridge at Celilo - 1912135
The Columbia River Bridge136
Profile of the Oregon Trunk Railway147
Profile of the Des Chutes Railroad150
Railroad Mergers - BNSF158
Railroad Mergers - Union Pacific159


PREFACE
Building along the east bank of the Deschutes ver, there was the Des Chutes Railroad ("Des hutes," spelled according to the original incorpo-tion documents), part of E.H. Harriman's Union acific empire. On the west bank, there was the Or-on Trunk Railway, owned by the Great Northern d Northern Pacific railroads, headed by another agnate, James J. Hill. By this time, near the end f the first decade of the twentieth century, Hill and arriman had already established a long history of mpetition between them: for railroad business, for nancial backers, in the courts, and on the stock ex-ange. And here they were to compete once more, ntinuing their battle in the rugged canyon of the )eschutes River in central Oregon.
What in the world were these two railroads doing, ach blasting, their own path up the same river canon? The goal was the small town of Bend (a popu-Ilion of 500 in 1910) in central Oregon. Interstate nd transcontinental railroads depended on feeder nes for business, relatively short extensions that could bring settlers to the land and return freight to The James J. Hill Lines

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