Thursday, January 29, 2015

1956 Banks And Mitchell Topo Map

These are north of Moses Lake. Banks is at approximately the intersection of county roads 8 NE and K.7 NE. Mitchell is along Road 7 NE, and there is currently a feedlot and airstrip there.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Big Bend Railroads

A new book is due January 26th, based upon my work here at Big Bend Railroad History. To be titled "Big Bend Railroads." Will be published by Arcadia Publishing.

Sold out at Signed versions can be ordered through me directly. Contact me directly at

This is the cover that was chosen, plus the original, in color, for comparison. As an aside, I own the part of the bluff on the left, overlooking the lake in the distant center.

Image courtesy of John Neff. Thanks John!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1954 Warden Topo Map

Much has changed in Warden since this map came out. The Northern Pacific, more or less a straight line from top to bottom in the map, is still in use as the Columbia Basin Railway. They have a bit bigger yard there, along with a newer building you might call the depot. The Milwaukee Road, curing through town, is gone beyond the east city limits, as well as most of the branch heading north to Moses Lake. All of this has been tied into the NP branch just south of town by a BN built connection. This is also run by the Columbia Basin. New to the town is a large canola processing plant, that gets unit trains from BNSF. Warden has never been busier than it is today in 2014/15.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

1954 Espanola Topo Map

The tracks that the GN crosses are the CW branch between Medical Lake and Deep Creek.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Moses Lake Seeks $25M Grant For Rail Line

From the "Puget Sound Business Journal."

July 12, 2009

Note that they spelled the Moses Lake city manager name. Last name spelled "Gavinski."

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Maid Christens Engine With Columbia River Water

From the "Spokesman Review."

July 30, 1935

As I've said elsewhere, I've been lifelong friends with Miss Mary Cole's son.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Governor Poses With Mrs. C.C. Dill

From the "Spokesman Review."

July 30, 1935

Mrs. Clarence C. Dill's actual name was Rosalie Gardiner Jones.