Guest post by Ted Curphey.
Doing more research into Great Northern Railway's Bluestem-Columbia River branchline that was graded but not finished with track. Here is a full set of articles from the Spokesman Review and Spokane Daily Chronicle newspapers detailing the acquisition of land and initial construction in late 1911 through the troubles with landslides and washouts 1912-1914 to when GN gave up on the branch in 1915. GN briefly looked at the branch again in 1922, but that was when the idea of the Grand Coulee Dam came to life, forever sealing the fate of the proposed branchline.
Sept 29th, 1911