Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bridge 59

Map courtesy of the GN-NP Archives.

This is the section directly south of the Adrian Pit map. Note where the big NP bridge crossed the GN, and the remaining fill as seen in the satellite image.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Adrian Gravel Pit

Pit was opened in 1923 and closed in 1951. I'm still looking for the yard map for the gravel pit.

Note how the adjacent NP tracks are labeled. The one closest to the pit says "N.P. Ry." and is the line down from Coulee City, that connected with the  GN siding. The other line says "Connell North Line" and is the one built north from Connell. You can see the junction at Adco for those 2 lines. 

Better view of the area can be seen here.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

1930 Stratford Plat Map

Map courtesy of the GN-NP Archives.

I was quite surprised to find that the original town of Stratford was just next to the railroad  tracks, and not spread across Crab Creek like today. The old siding at Stratford is long gone, but you can see the Right of Way is still fairly wide through here. Still trying to pin down the date the siding was removed. Doesn't seem to be during the GN era.

Friday, June 26, 2015

1985 Wilson Creek Wye

Map courtesy of the GN-NP Archives.

Part of the wye was removed in 1959. Not sure when the remaining part was removed. Land sold to the grain company for a set of storage tanks on July 5, 1985.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

1910 Adrian Depot View

Photo courtesy of the Grant County Historical Museum.

View with the GN depot in the center. Also seen is the NP two-stall roundhouse at far right, with various support buildings for both railroads between them. Adrian Grange Hall is the larger light colored building on the small bluff just above and to the left of the depot. Canal is from  the Adrian Irrigation Company, which was trying to irrigate about 5000 acres near Soap Lake. 

In this view, from the Grant PUD Photo Archives, probably from about the same time as the above photo, you can see that the canal has gone into a flume, with the depot behind it and the Grange hall to the right of the depot.

In the 1909 book "Irrigation In The State Of Washington" by Samuel Fortier, the listing for the canal company is as follows:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

1910 Connell Northern Adrian Bridge

Photo courtesy of the Grant County Historical Museum.

Most likely photographed as it was completed. Note that the bents in the Crab Creek channel are not built up with concrete supports like they later would be in the 1944 bent renewal project. See those here. The remaining concrete supports can be seen here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

1913 Wilson Creek

Photo courtesy of the Grant County Historical Museum.

Looking to pin down the date of this photo. Most of the intermediate terminal facilities here were removed around 1924. Anyone care to venture a guess?