Railroads: What might have been | History Files
Last updated 6/21/2019 at Noon
Thanks to William Russ, an article from 1907 in the Aberdeen Herald passed through my hands. The article reported the competing railroad plans to build belt lines around the Olympic Peninsula.
Union Pacific and the Milwaukee Road had teamed up to compete against a plan by the Northern Pacific to build railroad lines up Hood Canal to Port Townsend, and across the north end of the peninsula to Port Angeles and Forks, and then by a sea level route to Hoquiam and Aberdeen.
From Aberdeen, the loop would be completed near Olympia.
There was certainly enough forest to cut that would justify bui...