1880s !

All Town Locations Before 11/11/1889, Were In Washington Territory.

  • 02/24/1880 : The Mill Creek Flume & Manufacturing Railroad Company is chartered.

  • 02/24/1880 : The ILwaco Canal & Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 03/31/1880 : Oregon Steam & Navigation Company is purchased by the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company.

  • 10/01/1880 : Oregon Railway & Navigation begin operation from Wallula, Washington to Umatilla, Oregon .

  • 10/20/1880 : Northern Pacific Railroad & Oregon Railway & Navigation sign interchange agreement at Wallula,
                            Washington.

  • 11/26/1880 : The Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 02/25/1881 : News of Henry Villard's, Northern Pacific Railroad buyout plans are published.

  • 05/08/1881 : Northern Pacific Railroad operation begins from Ainsworth to Sprague, Washington.

  • 05/25/1881 : Northern Pacific Railroad track construction enters Cheney, Washington.

  • 05/26/1881 : Henry Villard takes majority control of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

  • 06/18/1881 : The Frederic Billings (steamboat) arrives at Ainsworth, to ferry rail cars across the Snake River for the NPR.

  • 06/25/1881 : The first Northern Pacific Railroad train reaches Spokane Falls, Washington.

  • 07/24/1881 : The Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company begins service to from Walla Walla to Dayton, Washington.

  • 08/06/1881 : The Olympia & Chehalis Valley Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 09/15/1881 : The Northern Pacific Railroad Company elects Henry Villard as president.

  • 12/23/1881 : The Northern Pacific Railroad has its first rail collision near Cheney, Washington. (one passenger is killed)

  • 03/29/1882 : The Seattle,Walla Walla & Baker City Railroad Co. is incorporated.

  • 04/15/1882 : Northern Pacific Railroad operation begins from Wallula to Connell, Washington.

  • 04/15/1882 : Northern Pacific Railroad operation begins from Wallula, Washington to Sand Point, Idaho. (227.1 miles)

  • 06/29/1882 : The Columbia & Palouse Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 11/20/1882 : Oregon Railway & Navigation operations begin from Wallula, Washington to Portland, Oregon.

  • 03/19/1883 : Oregon Railway & Navigation operation begins from Walla Walla, WA. via Milton, OR to Blue Mountain,
                           Oregon.

  • 06/07/1883 : The Great Northern Railway completes its Pacific extension track.

  • 08/31/1883 : The piers for the Northern Pacific bridge at Ainsworth, over the Snake River are complete.

  • 09/08/1883 : Henry Villard drives the last spike on the Northern Pacific Railroads transcontinental line.

  • 09/11/1883 : Northern Pacific Railroad's first trancontinental train arrives in Portland, Oregon.

  • 12/01/1883 : Northern Pacific Railroad operations begin from Hooper to Colfax, Washington.

  • 12/23/1883 : The ILwaco, Shoalwater Bay & Gray's Harbor Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 01/04/1884 : Henry Villard is ousted as president of the Northern Pacific Railroad..

  • 04/07/1884 : Construction begins on the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia Railroad.

  • 04/10/1884 : The first train tests the Snake River bridge for the Northern Pacific at Ainsworth.

  • 04/20/1884 : Northern Pacific Railroad's Snake River bridge opens at Ainsworth, Washington.

  • 07/20/1884 : Northern Pacific Railroad's transfer boat the Tacoma is delivered to Kalama, Washington. (RR ferry)

  • 09/23/1884 : The Northern Pacific & Cascade and the Northern Pacific & Puget Sound Railroad Companys are
                           incorporated.

  • 10/09/1884 : Northern Pacific Railroad operation begins from Portland, Oregon to Kalama, Washington. (36.7 miles)

  • 11/21/1884 : Northern Pacific Railroad picks Stampede Pass as its route over the Cascades.

  • 12/17/1884 : Northern Pacific Railroad track construction enter the city of Yakima, Washington.

  • 03/14/1885 : Ainsworth's role as a railroad station is terminated by the Northern Pacific Railroad.

  • 01/01/1885 : The Northern Pacific Railroad completes 90 miles of track between Ainsworth and Yakima, W.T..

  • 04/15/1885 : The Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 06/01/1885 : Northern Pacific Railroad operation begins from Kennewick to Yakima, Washington. (87.4 miles)

  • 11/20/1885 : A Northern Pacific train plunges into the Snake River, (open bridge span) at Ainsworth, Washington.

  • 12/03/1885 : Eastern Washington Railway is incorporated, (a Northern Pacific subsidiary) in Washington Territory.

  • 01/06/1886 : The Columbia Valley Railroad & Navigation Company is incorporated.

  • 01/21/1886 : Nelson Bennett wins the contract to dig the Stampede Tunnel , for the Northern Pacific Railroad.

  • 02/13/1886 : Northern Pacific Railroad begins work on the Stampede Tunnel.

  • 03/01/1886 : Eastern Washington Railway name is changed to, Spokane & Palouse Railway.

  • 04/01/1886 : Oregon Railway & Navigation operations begin from Starbuck to Pomeroy, Washington.

  • 04/01/1886 : Northern Pacific Railroad track construction enter the city of Ellensburg, Washington.

  • 07/07/1886 : Washington & Idaho Railroad is incorporated in Washington Territory.

  • 07/28/1886 : The Walla Walla & Ainsworth Railroad Company is formed.

  • 10/15/1886 : Northern Pacific Railroad operation begins from Marshall to Belmont, Washington. (43.0 miles)

  • 10/19/1886 : Northern Pacific Railroad track construction enters Cle Elum, Washington.

  • 10/24/1886 : The Spokane Falls & Idaho Railroad begin operations.

  • 12/15/1886 : Northern Pacific Railroad track construction reach Sunday Creek, Washington.

  • 12/20/1886 : Northern Pacific Railroad operation begins from Cle Elum to Roslyn, Washington. (3.42 miles)

  • 12/20/1886 : Northern Pacific Railroad extends its Cascade line from Ellensburg to Cle Elum, Washington.

  • 12/21/1886 : Northern Pacific Railroad opens its Roslyn, Washington Branch.

  • 01/25/1887 : The City of Seattle signs into law the Railroad Avenue Ordinance # 804.

  • 03/04/1887 : Northern Pacific Railroad track construction reach, Martin, Washington.

  • 03/04/1887 : The Walla Walla & Puget Sound Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 04/18/1887 : Northern Pacific Railroad track construction reach the summit of Stampede Pass.

  • 04/25/1887 : Oregon Railway & Navigation is leased to the Union Pacific Railroad.

  • 05/04/1887 : The Oregon & Washington Territory Railroad is incorporated in Washington Territory.

  • 05/10/1887 : The first Prison train arrives at the "new" penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.

  • 05/28/1887 : The Oregon & Washington Territory Railroad begin laying tracks at Wallula, Washington.

  • 06/01/1887 : Northern Pacific Railroad completes route to the west-side of the state at 6:00 pm, on Stampede Pass summit.

  • 06/06/1887 : First Northern Pacific Railroad train over Stampede Pass enroute to Tacoma, Washington.

  • 06/12/1887 : Mill Creek & Manufacturing Railroad is sold to the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company.

  • 07/01/1887 : Northern Pacific Railroad telegraph service begins from Pasco to Tacoma, Washington.

  • 07/01/1887 : Northern Pacific Railroad starts day & night passenger service from Pasco to Tacoma Washington.

  • 07/02/1887 : Northern Pacific Railroad operation begin from Cascade Jct. to Yakima, Washington. (over switch-backs)

  • 07/03/1887 : Northern Pacific Railroad's first transcontinental passenger train crosses Stampede Pass.

  • 01/02/1888 : 2 Leslie steam rotary snow plows begin service on Stampede Pass for the Northern Pacific Railroad.

  • 01/16/1888 : Northern Pacific Railroad & Union Pacific Railroad sign joint lease of Oregon Railway & Navigation Co..

  • 04/13/1888 : Northern Pacific Railroad operations begin from Pasco, WA. over Columbia River Bridge. (3.3 miles)

  • 05/03/1888 : Northern Pacific Railroad east & west crews break through on the Stampede Tunnel.

  • 05/19/1888 : Northern Pacific Railroad operations begin from Seattle to Fall City, Washington. (52.1 miles)

  • 05/27/1888 : The first Northern Pacific Railroad train, runs through the Stampede Tunnel.

  • 05/29/1888 : The Oregon Railway Extensions Company is incorporated in Washington Territory.

  • 06/04/1888 : The Port Angeles & West Shore Railway Company is incorporated.

  • 06/12/1888 : 2 Northern Pacific Railroad workers fall and drown building the Columbia River bridge at Pasco, WA .

  • 06/25/1888 : First Northern Pacific Railroad vestibuled train, westbound through Stampede Pass Tunnel.

  • 07/01/1888 : Washington & Idaho Railroad begin construction from Tekoa, Washington to Mullan Idaho.

  • 07/01/1888 : Northern Pacific operations begin from Belmont to Johnson, Washington.

  • 07/01/1888 : Northern Pacific operations begin from Johnson, Washington to Genesee, Idaho.

  • 07/05/1888 : Founder of the Walla Walla & Columbia River Railroad, Dr. Dorsey S. Baker dies.

  • 08/12/1888 : The Seattle & Southern Railroad is formed.

  • 08/28/1888 : Oregon Railway & Navigation operations begin from South Riparia to La Crosse, Washington.

  • 09/15/1888 : Oregon & Washington Territory Railroad rails reach city limits of Walla Walla, Washington.

  • 10/02/1888 : The ILwaco Railway & Navigation Company is incorporated..

  • 10/15/1888 : Northern Pacific Railroad operations begin from Spokane to Wheatdale, Washington. (44.3 miles)

  • 11/27/1888 : First train on the Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad, to leave Spokane for Medical Lake, Washington.

  • 12/22/1888 : The Fairhaven & Southern Railway Company is incorporated.

  • 03/19/1889 : Oregon & Washington Territory Railroad service begins from Hunt's Jct. to Walla Walla, Washington.

  • 05/06/1889 : Northern Pacific Railroad operations begin from Crocker to Wingate, Washington. (5.3 miles)

  • 05/23/1889 : Northern Pacific Railroad operations begin from Orting to Puyallup River, Washington. (7.6 miles)

  • 05/29/1889 : The Ilwaco Railroad begins daily service.

  • 06/06/1889 : The Great Seattle Fire destroys most of the railroad tracks and railroad facilities in Seattle, WA.

  • 10/07/1889 : Oregon & Washington Territory Railroad operations begin from Farmington to Spokane, Washington.

  • 10/28/1889 : The Port Discovery, Quillayoute & Olympic Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 11/11/1889 : Washington becomes a State.

  • 11/28/1889 : Oregon & Washington Territory Railroad's first train departs, Walla Walla for Dayton, Washington .

  • 12/18/1889 : Northern Pacific operations begin from Fall City to Salla, Washington. (10.0 miles)

  • 12/25/1889 : "Snohomish Eye" newspaper announces that the Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad is halfway complete.

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