1900s !

  • 04/29/1900 : Northern Pacific Railway's first run of the North Coast Limited.

  • 08/20/1900 : Excavation begins on Great Northern Railway's 2.63 mile long first, Cascade Tunnel.

  • 09/01/1900 : Northern Pacific Railway's operations begin from Palmer Jct. to Auburn, Washington. (21.7 miles)

  • 10/13/1900 : Great Northern Railway's first Cascade Tunnel is holed through at 4:00 pm.

  • 11/12/1900 : One time Northern Pacific Railroad president Henry Villard dies.

  • 12/20/1900 : Great Northern Railway replaces its switchbacks on Stevens Pass.

  • 01/17/1901 : Seattle & Tacoma Short Line Railroad is incorporated.

  • 04/01/1901 : The Seattle & International Railroad ends all operations.

  • 04/01/1901 : Northern Pacific Railway takes over the Seattle & International Railroad.

  • 05/21/1901 : First loss of life is reported in Great Northern Railway's first Cascade Tunnel.

  • 08/26/1901 : The Seattle & Tacoma Railway begins operations.

  • 11/14/1901 : The Walla Walla City Railway Company is incorporated.

  • 01/23/1902 : The Portland & Seattle Railway is incorporated.

  • 01/24/1902 : The Columbia River & Northern Railway is incorporated.

  • 02/01/1902 : Northern Pacific Railway's operations begin from Wickesham to Fairhaven, Washington. (17.5 miles)

  • 09/22/1902 : The Port Angeles Pacific Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 08/11/1902 : The Clallam Bay Southern Railway Company is incorporated.

  • 03/01/1903 : Northern Pacific Railway's operations begin fromKalama to Vancouver, Washington. (28.9 miles)

  • 03/31/1903 : The Walla Walla & Southeastern Railway Company is incorporated.

  • 07/01/1903 : The Bellingham Bay & Eastern Railroad is sold to the Northern Pacific Railroad.

  • 09/01/1903 : Oregon, Washington & Idaho Railroad is incorporated in Washington.

  • 10/19/1903 : The Mill Creek Railroad is incorporated in Washington.

  • 12/01/1903 : Northern Pacific Railway's operations begin from Odair to Adrian, Washington. (21.0 miles)

  • 03/14/1904 : U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the first Northern Pacific Ry.,Great Northern Ry. & C.B.& Q. merger.

  • 10/24/1904 : Northern Pacific Railway's operations begin from Black River to Woodinville, Washington. (16.1 miles)

  • 01/12/1905 : The Spokane & Inland Railway is incorporated in Washington.

  • 02/06/1905 : The Walla Walla Railway Company is incorporated.

  • 03/09/1905 : The Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway is incorporated in Washington.

  • 05/20/1905 : The Walla Walla Valley Traction Company is incorporated.

  • 05/25/1905 : Northern Pacific Railway & the Union Pacific Railroad contract to jointly build the Camas Prairie Railroad.

  • 08/22/1905 : Northern Pacific Railway & Great Northern Railway incorporate the Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway.

  • 09/08/1905 : Property of the Mill Creek Railroad is acquired by the Washington & Columbia River Railroad.

  • 10/03/1905 : The Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway begins operations.

  • 10/13/1905 : The Pacific Railroad Of Washington is incorporated.

  • 01/10/1906 : Pacific Railroad Of Washington is renamed to Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad of Washington.

  • 02/02/1906 : The Union Pacific Railroad incorporates the Washington Northern Railway.

  • 04/06/1906 : The Columbia & Walla Walla Traction Company is incorporated.

  • 05/10/1906 : Northern Pacific Railway's King Street Station goes into service in Seattle, Washington.

  • 05/12/1906 : The Oregon & Washington Railroad Company succeeds to the Washington Northern Railway.

  • 10/17/1906 : Northern Pacific Railway's operations begin from Granger to Grandview, Washington. (16.7 miles)

  • 11/09/1906 : The Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad is incorporated in Washington.

  • 04/02/1907 : Great Northern Railways persident James J. Hill retires.

  • 05/13/1907 : ILwaco Railroad Company is incorporated.

  • 05/17/1907 : Union Pacific passenger service begins from Vancouver to Seattle, WA., over Northern Pacific Ry. tracks .

  • 06/18/1907 : The Washington & Columbia River Railway merges with the Northern Pacific Railway.

  • 10/08/1907 : Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad begin operations from Spokane to Colfax, Washington.

  • 01/01/1908 : The Portland & Seattle Railway name is changed to the Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway.

  • 01/15/1908 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway line opens from Cliffs to Lyle, Washington.

  • 01/15/1908 : ILwaco General Electric Company is incorporated (electric Railway).

  • 03/03/1908 : The Spokane & Inland Railway is sold to the Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad.

  • 03/11/1908 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway's golden spike ceremony held at Sheridan's Point.

  • 03/16/1908 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway line opens from Vancouver to Lyle, Washington.

  • 03/30/1908 : The Columbia River & Northern Railway is purchased by the Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway.

  • 04/08/1908 : The Milwaukee Terminal Railway Company is incorporated.

  • 04/25/1908 : The Port Angeles Railway & Terminal Company is incorporated.

  • 07/07/1908 : Oregon Washington & Idaho Railroad completes its Riparia, Washington to Lewiston, Idaho line.

  • 08/19/1908 : The final spike is driven on the Spokane & Inland Empire railroad line from Spokane, WA. to Moscow ID..

  • 09/29/1908 : The Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad's rails reach the Snoqualmie Pass summit.

  • 11/17/1908 : Northern Pacific Railway operations begin from Willbridge, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington.

  • 11/17/1908 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway's Vancouver, Washington to Portland, Oregon passenger service begins.

  • 12/07/1908 : The Walla Walla & Columbia Traction Company is incorporated.

  • 12/15/1908 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway's bridges across the Willamette & Columbia Rivers, both open.

  • 12/26/1908 : Northern Pacific Railway's first train crosses the new 2 track railroad bridge from Portland, Oregon to
                           Vancouver, Washington, touted as the longest double track bridge in the world at that time.

  • 04/03/1909 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway operations begin from Pasco to Marshall, Washington.

  • 04/03/1909 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway through service from Portland, Oregon to Spokane, Washington begins.

  • 04/04/1909 : Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad's first passenger train crosses Snoqualmie Pass and arrives
                            in Seattle, Washington, from Eastern Washington.

  • 05/03/1909 : The Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway track laying is completed.

  • 05/03/1909 : Northern Pacific Railway operations begin from Snake River Jct. to Riparia, Washington. (41.0 miles)

  • 05/06/1909 : The Washington Traction Company is incorporated.

  • 05/14/1909 : The Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad's last spike is driven and line is completed to Puget Sound.

  • 05/23/1909 : The Great Northern Railway's Oriental Limited passenger train service is inauqurated.

  • 06/01/1909 : James J. Hill opens the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, Washington.

  • 06/06/1909 : The first SOO Line-Seattle-Pacific train arrives at King Street Station in Seattle, Washington.

  • 06/14/1909 : Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad operations begin from Seattle to Malden, Washington. (285 miles)

  • 07/04/1909 : Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad's Pacific Coast extension opens for freight service.

  • 07/10/1909 : The Great Northern Railway's first electrified Cascade operations begin.

  • 08/07/1909 : The Spokane, Walla Walla & Western Railway Co. is incorporated.

  • 10/31/1909 : Northern Pacific Railway forms the Seattle Division of its railroad.

  • 11/29/1909 : Northern Pacific Railway switchmen's union goes on strike.

  • 12/03/1909 : The Northern Pacific Railway & Union Pacific Railroad formed, Camas Prairie Railroad begins operation.

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