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The Minnesota Historical Society received the corporate records of the Northern Pacific Railway, the Great Northern Railway and the Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway with the creation of the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1970.

MHS' address is:
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102-1906
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AUBURN

Platted in 1886 by Dr. Levi Ballard as Slaughter in honor of Lt. William A. Slaughter, who was killed in the Indian War of 1855-56. (Ironically, it appears that Slaughter once traveled with future general and president U. S. Grant while crossing the isthmus of Panama.) The morbidity of the name per se offended residents (the hotel, for example, was called the Slaughter House), and they petitioned the state legislature for a name change in 1893. The city was renamed after Auburn, N.Y., another hop-farming center, which had been named in 1805 for a line in an Oliver Goldsmith poem reading: Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain. From 1910 to 1970 Auburn was a key distribution yard in western Washington. At the foot of Stampede Pass, it featured a 25-stall roundhouse, diesel house (built in 1944) and was the home base of most of the motive power working over Stampede. Its counterpart in eastern Washington was first Ellensburg (1900-1932) and then Yakima (until the Burlington Northern merger of 1970). The town is situated ten miles south of Seattle, twenty miles north of Tacoma, and is connected to the original Stampede Pass line via the Palmer Cut-Off (built 1899-1900).

134.K.6.14F
FILE 10897
AUBURN: BOARDING CAMPS

134.B.12.4F
FILE 1587
AUBURN: COAL DOCK

134.K.8.7B
FILE 11354
AUBURN: COAL DOCK

134.K.5.4F
FILE 10365
AUBURN: COAL STORAGE FACILITY

134.H.2.8F
FILE 140-6
AUBURN: CONCRETE PLANT

134.K.5.1B
FILE 10282 C
AUBURN: DIESEL FUEL FACILITY

134.K.6.10F
FILE 10811
AUBURN: DIESEL SHOPS

134.I.17.4F
FILE 6624
AUBURN: ICE HOUSE

134.K.8.12F
FILE 11481
AUBURN: ICE FACILITIES

134.K.7.9B
FILE 11069
AUBURN: REPAIRS TO BUILDINGS

134.K.9.12F
FILE 12151
AUBURN: SERVICE BUILDINGS, SECTION MEN, 1954-6

134.H.3.4F
FILE 264
AUBURN: TERMINAL

134.H.3.5B
FILE 264-5
AUBURN: TERMINAL

134.H.3.5B
FILE 264-8
AUBURN: TERMINAL

134.B.11.8F
FILE 372
AUBURN: TRAEGER STREET VIADUCT

134.I.11.6F
FILE 3597
AUBURN: YARD

134.B.11.14F
FILE 861
AUBURN & ELLENSBURG: WATER TANKS

136.H.1.8F
KANASKAT TO AUBURN, MAPS 82-102

134.H.5.3B
FILE 909
PASCO TO AUBURN: ELECTRIFICATION, 1926-24

134.I.17.12F
FILE 6897
PASCO TO AUBURN: ELECTRIFICATION, 1929

134.K.3.1B
FILE 9394 H1
YAKIMA TO AUBURN: BRIDGES

134.I.16.6F
FILE 6205
YAKIMA TO AUBURN: ELECTRIFICATION, 1939-41

BRANCHES - BRANCH LINES

134.I.6.2F
FILE 915
ARLINGTON BRANCH: BUILDINGS

134.I.6.3B
FILE 967
ARLINGTON BRANCH: WATER STATIONS

136.K.12.3B
FILE 78
CLE ELUM RAILROAD COMPANY

134.H.5.7B
FILE 948-53
CONNELL-ADRIAN BRANCH

134.H.7.2F
FILE 986
CROCKER BRANCH

134.H.5.7B
FILE 948-70
DARRINGTON BRANCH

134.H.5.7B
FILE 948-74
FAIRFAX BRANCH: ABANDONMENT

134.I.11.11B
FILE 3707
FAIRFAX: LINE CHANGE

134.H.5.7B
FILE 948-66
GREEN RIVER BRANCH: ABANDONMENT

134.I.6.6F
FILE 1029
GREEN RIVER BRANCH: EXTENSION

136.G.5.7B
VOLUME 67
GREEN RIVER BRANCH: EXTENSION

136.G.4.4F
VOLUME 88
GREEN RIVER BRANCH EXTENSION: MATERIAL BOOK

138.F.2.8
WASHINGTON 2 C, 53 A
GREEN RIVER BRANCH MAPS

138.E.13.4
GREEN RIVER BRANCH, BUCKLEY BRANCH, WILKESON BRANCH, MAP 53

136.K.12.4F
FILE 89
GREEN RIVER & NORTHERN RAILROAD

134.I.6.9B
FILE 1131
HOQUIAM BRANCH: BUILDINGS

134.I.8.9B
FILE 1649
PE ELL: McCORMICK & COLUMBIA RIVER RAILWAY

134.H.5.7B
FILE 948-54
RITZVILLE BRANCH

134.H.4.1B
FILE 497-2
ROSLYN: DRY CLEANING PLANT

BRIDGES

134.I.5.2F
FILE 358
BRIDGES

Correspondence on bridges and accounting, 1899-1902.

134.I.6.9B
FILE 1128
EAGLE GORGE: BRIDGE 209

Contract for bridge 209 near Eagle Gorge let to John Nelson in June of 1902.

134.K.8.4F
FILE 11223
LESTER: BRIDGE 59

134.I.16.13B
FILE 6364
LESTER: BRIDGE 60

134.I.13.10F
FILE 4584
LESTER: GREEN RIVER VIADUCT

134.I.12.12F
FILE 4201
LESTER TO EASTON: BRIDGES

Guthrie, McDougal & Company, Portland, Oregon claims on bridge work done on the Lester-Easton double tracking, 1912-1915.

134.I.5.1B
FILE 315
PACIFIC DIVISION: BRIDGES

134.I.10.8F
FILE 2884
PACIFIC DIVISION: BRIDGES

134.I.5.12F
FILE 644
PALMER CUT-OFF: BRIDGES

134.I.13.6F
FILE 4468
UPHAM & LESTER: BRIDGES

134.K.3.1B
FILE 9394 H1
YAKIMA TO AUBURN: BRIDGES

CABIN CREEK

Cabin Creek (also known as Hubner) was a small mill site immediately west of Easton on the Stampede Pass line. Today it is a national historic site, accessible only on foot (for non-residents).

134.K.9.4F
FILE 11855
CABIN CREEK: GENERAL FILE

CASCADE DIVISION

One of the forerunners of the Northern Pacific's Tacoma Division, the division which eventually embraced all of western Washington and the Stampede Pass line to central Washington. The Cascade Division covered the eastern approach to Stampede Pass.

134.B.11.14F
FILE 861
AUBURN & ELLENSBURG: WATER TANKS

136.G.8.2F
VOLUME 108-10
CASCADE DIVISION: ACCOUNTS

138.E.2.4 OVERSIZE
FILE 34-6
CASCADE DIVISION: CRIB WORK, TUNNELS

136.K.12.8F
FILE 109
CASCADE DIVISION: IMPROVEMENTS

136.G.7.1B
VOLUME 42
CASCADE DIVISION: PAYABLE VOUCHERS

134.B.11.16F
FILE 981
ELLENSBURG: COAL DOCK

134.H.1.5B
FILE 46
ELLENSBURG: DEPOT, ROUNDHOUSE, WATER TOWER, ICE HOUSE, COAL DOCK

134.I.12.1B
FILE 3810
ELLENSBURG: PAVING

134.I.9.6F
FILE 2017
ELLENSBURG: ROUNDHOUSE

134.I.9.6F
FILE 2038
ELLENSBURG: ROUNDHOUSE

CLE ELUM

Cle Elum (originally Clealum). The name is native American term for swift water. The town has triple-wide streets due to the nagging of Barbara Steiner Reed, wife of the towns founder, who expected the coal-mining center to become the Pittsburgh of the west and wanted to surpass its eastern counterpart in beauty. Terminus of the Tacoma Division Sixth Sub-Division, the Roslyn Branch.

134.I.12.10F
FILE 4140
CLE ELUM: CLEARANCE

134.B.12.2F
FILE 1494
CLE ELUM: COAL DOCK

134.I.15.6F
FILE 5490
CLE ELUM: COAL FIELD RECONNAISSANCE

134.I.12.10F
FILE 4620
CLE ELUM: HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY

136.K.12.3B
FILE 78
CLE ELUM RAILROAD COMPANY

134.K.10.8F
FILE 13000 I
CLE ELUM: RAILWAY EXPRESS AGENCY AGREEMENTS

134.K.9.8F
FILE 11945
CLE ELUM RIVER: IRON DEPOSITS

COAL DOCKS

134.B.12.4F
FILE 1587
AUBURN: COAL DOCK

134.K.8.7B
FILE 11354
AUBURN: COAL DOCK

134.K.5.4F
FILE 10365
AUBURN: COAL STORAGE FACILITY

134.B.12.2F
FILE 1494
CLE ELUM: COAL DOCK

134.H.2.7B
FILE 130
COAL DOCKS

134.I.19.2F
FILE 7432
COAL DOCK REMODELING FOR HART CARS

FILE 43-4
COALING FILE

134.I.12.10F
FILE 4169
COALING STATIONS

134.B.11.12F
FILE 747
EASTON: COAL DOCK

134.B.11.16F
FILE 981
ELLENSBURG: COAL DOCK

134.H.1.5B
FILE 46
ELLENSBURG: DEPOT, ROUNDHOUSE, WATER TOWER, ICE HOUSE, COAL DOCK

134.B.11.9B
FILE 486
KALAMA: COAL DOCK

134.B.12.2F
FILE 1584
LESTER: COAL DOCK

Lester Coaling Station circa 1949. James J. Meacham, Bridge and Building Foreman, Seattle, Iver P. Iverson, Superintendent, November, 1948. Notes on installing an Ace Conveyor, Model 334-3. 18 by 30 feet, 120 tons of coal per hour capacity, five horsepower electric motor. Bridge Department Index Number 1824-175. Manufactured by the A. B. Farquhar Company of Chicago. Estimate in 1946 on cost to replace the coal dock with an electric conveyor was $16,400. To dismantle, move, and re-install the coal dock from Toppenish to Lester would have cost $25,320. To repair the existing dock at Lester, in a memo of May 28, 1946, would have cost $15,000. The Assistant General Manager thought that a small electric coaler would suffice with the increased use of diesels and oil-burning steamers. On May 10, 1946 the District Engineer states that on 30 to 40 tons of coal per day were required for engines at Lester, mostly on eastbounds trains climbing Stampede. He estimated the cost to repair the current loader at $22,335.
Two copies of plat for Lester showing plan for new coal dock. The new dock would have been on south side of tracks, nearly opposite the existing dock. One copy off center. Oversize, two pages.

134.K.8.6F
FILE 11290
LESTER: COAL DOCK

134.I.17.11B
FILE 6885
REMODELED COAL DOCKS

134.B.11.1B
FILE 1026
TOPPENISH: COAL DOCK

134.B.12.2F
FILE 1056
YAKIMA: COAL DOCK

134.B.12.2F
FILE 1056
YAKIMA: COAL DOCK

134.I.14.1B
FILE 4698
YAKIMA: COAL DOCK

134.K.1.7B
FILE 8503
YAKIMA: COAL DOCKS


Author: John A. Phillips, III. Title: Files from the Office of the Chief Engineer of the Northern Pacific Railway at the Minnesota Historical Society, A-B-C. URL: www.netcom.com/~whstlpnk/mhsabc.html.

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