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The NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY (reporting mark NP) was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States
United States
, from Minnesota
Minnesota
to the Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest
. It was approved by Congress in 1864 and given nearly forty million acres (62,000 sq mi; 160,000 km2) of land grants, which it used to raise money in Europe
Europe
for construction.

Construction began in 1870 and the main line opened all the way from the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
to the Pacific when former President Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final "golden spike" in western Montana
Montana
on September 8, 1883. The railroad had about 6,800 miles (10,900 km) of track and served a large area, including extensive trackage in the states of Idaho
Idaho
, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota
North Dakota
, Oregon
Oregon
, Washington , and Wisconsin
Wisconsin
. In addition, the NP had an international branch to Winnipeg
Winnipeg
, Manitoba
Manitoba
, Canada
Canada
. The main activities were shipping wheat and other farm products, cattle, timber, and minerals; bringing in consumer goods, transporting passengers; and selling land.

The Northern Pacific was headquartered in Minnesota, first in Brainerd , then in Saint Paul . It had a tumultuous financial history; the NP merged with other lines in 1970 to form the Burlington Northern Railroad , which became BNSF Railway
BNSF Railway
in 1996.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Organization and first rail * 1.2 Jay Cooke
Jay Cooke
takes control * 1.3 Settlement * 1.4 Panic of 1873
Panic of 1873
and first bankruptcy * 1.5 Frederick Billings and first reorganization * 1.6 Henry Villard, Gold Creek, Gold Spike * 1.7 Direct to Puget Sound
Puget Sound
* 1.8 Villard and the Panic of 1893
Panic of 1893
* 1.9 From Villard to Morganization * 1.10 Hill, Harriman and the Northern Pacific Corner * 1.11 From Hill to Howard Elliott * 1.12 Into the twentieth century * 1.13 Unification of the Hill Lines

* 2 Divisions

* 2.1 Lake Superior
Lake Superior
* 2.2 St. Paul * 2.3 Fargo * 2.4 Yellowstone * 2.5 Rocky Mountain * 2.6 Idaho
Idaho
* 2.7 Tacoma

* 3 Passenger service

* 3.1 The Route of "the Great Big Baked Potato"

* 4 Presidents * 5 Chief engineers * 6 Locomotives

* 7 Notable and preserved equipment

* 7.1 Steam locomotives * 7.2 Diesel locomotives * 7.3 Passenger equipment * 7.4 Cabooses * 7.5 Maintenance equipment

* 8 Trademark * 9 References

* 10 Further reading

* 10.1 Primary sources and official sources

* 11 External links

HISTORY

ORGANIZATION AND FIRST RAIL

Map of NPR Land Grant, c1890

Congress chartered the Northern Pacific Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
Company on July 2, 1864 with the goals of

* connecting the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
with Puget Sound
Puget Sound
on the Pacific, * opening vast new lands for farming, ranching, lumbering and mining, and * linking Washington and Oregon
Oregon
to the rest of the country.

Congress granted the railroad a potential 60 million acres (243,000 km2) of land in exchange for building rail transportation to an undeveloped territory. Josiah Perham was elected its first president on December 7, 1864. It could not use all the land and in the end took just under 40 million acres.

JAY COOKE TAKES CONTROL

For the next six years, backers of the road struggled to find financing. Though John Gregory Smith succeeded Perham as president on January 5, 1865, groundbreaking did not take place until February 15, 1870, at Carlton, Minnesota, 25 miles (40 km) west of Duluth, Minnesota
Minnesota
. The backing and promotions of famed financier Jay Cooke
Jay Cooke
in the summer of 1870 brought the first real momentum to the company. The Minnetonka.

Over the course of 1871, the Northern Pacific pushed westward from Minnesota
Minnesota
into present-day North Dakota
North Dakota
. Surveyors and construction crews had to maneuver through swamps, bogs, and tamarack forests. The difficult terrain and insufficient funding delayed by six months the construction phase in Minnesota. The NP also began building its line north from Kalama, Washington Territory, on the Columbia River
Columbia River
outside of Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
, towards Puget Sound
Puget Sound
. Four small construction engines were purchased, the Minnetonka, Itaska, Ottertail and St. Cloud, the first of which was shipped to Kalama by ship around Cape Horn . In Minnesota, the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
and Mississippi Railroad completed construction of its 155-mile (249 km) line stretching from Saint Paul to Lake Superior
Lake Superior
at Duluth in 1875. It was leased to the Northern Pacific the following year, and was eventually absorbed by the Northern Pacific.

The Northern Pacific Railroad reached Fargo, Dakota Territory (N.D.), early in June 1872. The following year, in June 1873, the N.P. reached the shores of the Missouri River, at Edwinton (Bismarck) D.T. In the west, the track extended 25 miles (40 km) north from Kalama. Surveys were carried out in North Dakota
North Dakota
protected by 600 troops under General Winfield Scott Hancock
Winfield Scott Hancock
. Headquarters and shops were established in Brainerd, Minnesota
Minnesota
, a town named for the President John Gregory Smith's wife Anna Elizabeth Brainerd. A severe stock market crash and financial collapse after 1873, led by the Credit Mobilier Scandal and the Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad
fraud, stopped further railroad building for twelve years.

In 1886, the company put down 164 miles (264 km) of main line across North Dakota, with an additional 45 miles (72 km) in Washington. On November 1, General George Washington Cass became the third president of the company. Cass had been a vice-president and director of the Pennsylvania Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad
, and would lead the Northern Pacific through some of its most difficult times.

Attacks on survey parties and construction crews by Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Kiowa warriors in North Dakota
North Dakota
and Minnesota
Minnesota
became so prevalent that the company received protection from units of the U.S. Army.

SETTLEMENT

In 1886 the Northern Pacific also opened colonization offices in Germany and Scandinavia, attracting farmers with cheap package transportation and purchase deals. The success of the NP was based on the abundant crops of wheat and other grains and the attraction to settlers of the Red River Valley
Red River Valley
along the Minnesota-North Dakota border between 1881 and 1890.

The Northern Pacific reached Dakota Territory at Fargo in 1872, and began its career as one of the central factors in the economic growth of North Dakota. The climate, although very cold, was suitable for wheat, which was in high demand in the cities of the United States
United States
and Europe. Most of the settlers were German and Scandinavian immigrants who bought the land cheaply, and raised large families. They shipped huge quantities of wheat to Minneapolis, while buying all sorts of equipment and home supplies to be shipped in by rail.

The NP used its federal land grants as security to borrow money to build its system. The federal government kept every other section of land, and gave it away free to homesteaders. At first the railroad sold much of its holdings at low prices to land speculators in order to realize quick cash profits, and also to eliminate sizable annual tax bills. By 1905 the railroad company land policies changes when it realized it had been a costly mistake to have sold much of the land at wholesale prices. With better railroad service and improved methods of farming the Northern Pacific easily sold what had been heretofore "worthless" land directly to farmers at good prices. By 1910 the railroad's holdings in North Dakota
North Dakota
had been greatly reduced.

PANIC OF 1873 AND FIRST BANKRUPTCY

In 1873, Northern Pacific made impressive strides before a terrible stumble. Rails from the east reached the Missouri River
Missouri River
on June 4. After several years of study, Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
, was selected as the road's western terminus on July 14. However, for the past three years the financial house of Jay Cooke
Jay Cooke
and Company had been throwing money into the construction of the Northern Pacific. As with many western transcontinentals , the staggering costs of building a railroad into a vast wilderness had been drastically underestimated.

Cooke had little success in marketing the bonds in Europe
Europe
and overextended his house in meeting overdrafts of the mounting construction costs. Cooke overestimated his managerial skills and failed to appreciate the limits of a banker's ability to be also a promoter, and the danger of freezing his assets in the bonds of the Northern Pacific. Cooke and Company went bankrupt on September 18, 1873. Soon the Panic of 1873
Panic of 1873
engulfed the United States, beginning an economic depression that ruined or nearly paralyzed newer railroads.

The Northern Pacific, however, survived bankruptcy that year, due to austerity measures put in place by President Cass. In fact, working with last-minute loans from Director John C. Ainsworth of Portland, the Northern Pacific completed the line from Kalama to Tacoma (110 miles (180 km)) before the end of the year. On December 16, the first steam train arrived in Tacoma. By 1874, however, the company was moribund.

Northern Pacific slipped into its first bankruptcy on June 30, 1875. Cass resigned to become receiver of the company, and Charles Barstow Wright became fourth president of the company. Frederick Billings , namesake of Billings, Montana
Montana
, formulated a reorganization plan which was put into effect. Throughout 1874-1876, elements of the 7th Cavalry Regiment under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer operating out of Forts Abraham Lincoln and Rice in Dakota Territory conducted expeditions to protect the railroad survey and construction crews in Dakota and Montana
Montana
Territories.

FREDERICK BILLINGS AND FIRST REORGANIZATION

In 1877, construction resumed in a small way. Northern Pacific pushed a branch line southeast from Tacoma to Puyallup, Washington and on to the coal fields around Wilkeson, Washington . Much of the coal was destined for export through Tacoma to San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
, where it would be thrown into the fireboxes of Central Pacific Railroad steam engines .

This small amount of construction was one of the largest projects the company would undertake in the years between 1874 and 1880. That same year the company built a large shop complex at Edison, Washington (now part of south Tacoma). For many years the shops at Brainerd and Edison would carry out heavy repairs and build equipment for the railroad.

On May 24, 1879, Vermont lawyer Frederick Billings became the president of the company. Billings' tenure would be short but ferocious. Reorganization, bond sales, and improvement in the U.S. economy allowed Northern Pacific to strike out across the Missouri River by letting a contract to build 100 miles (160 km) of railroad west of the river. The railroad's new-found strength, however, would be seen as a threat in certain quarters.

HENRY VILLARD, GOLD CREEK, GOLD SPIKE

Yellowstone Park Line Brochure 1904 Oregon
Oregon
and Transcontinental stock owned by Henry Villard .

German-born journalist Henry Villard had raised capital for western railroads in Europe
Europe
in 1871-73. After returning to New York in 1874 he invested on behalf of his clients in railroads in Oregon. Through Villard's work, most of these lines became properties of the European creditors' holding company, the Oregon
Oregon
and Transcontinental Company .

Of the lines held by the Oregon
Oregon
and Transcontinental, the most important was the Oregon
Oregon
Railway and Navigation Company , which ran east from Portland along the left bank of the Columbia River
Columbia River
to a connection with the Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad
's Oregon
Oregon
Short Line at the confluence of the Columbia River
Columbia River
and the Snake River near Wallula, Washington .

Within a decade of his return, Villard was head of a transportation empire in the Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest
that had but one real competitor, the Northern Pacific. The Northern Pacific's completion threatened the holdings of Villard in the Northwest, and especially in Portland. Portland would become a second-class city if the Puget Sound
Puget Sound
ports at Tacoma and Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington
, were connected to the East by rail.

Villard, who had been building a monopoly of river and rail transportation in Oregon
Oregon
for several years, now launched a daring raid. Using his European connections and a reputation for having "bested" Jay Gould in a battle for control of the Kansas Pacific years before, Villard solicited — and raised — $8,000,000 from his associates. This was his famous "Blind Pool," Villard's associates were not told what the money would be used for. In this case, the funds were used to purchase control of the Northern Pacific.

Despite a tough fight, Billings and his backers were forced to capitulate; he resigned the presidency June 9, 1881. Ashabel H. Barney served briefly as interim caretaker of the railroad from June 19 to September 15, when Villard was elected president by the stockholders. For the next two years, Villard and the Northern Pacific rode the whirlwind.

In 1882, 360 miles (580 km) of main line and 368 miles (592 km) of branch line were completed, bringing totals to 1,347 miles (2,168 km) and 731 miles (1,176 km), respectively. On October 10, 1882, the line from Wadena, Minnesota
Minnesota
, to Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Minnesota
, opened for service. The Missouri River
Missouri River
was bridged with a million-dollar span on October 21, 1883. Until then, crossing of the Missouri had had to be managed with a ferry service for most of the year; in winter, when ice was thick enough, rails were laid across the river itself.

General Herman Haupt
Herman Haupt
, another veteran of the Civil War and the Pennsylvania Railroad, organized the Northern Pacific Beneficial Association in 1881. A forerunner of the modern health maintenance organization , the NPBA ultimately established a series of four hospitals across the system in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
; Glendive, Montana
Montana
; Missoula, Montana
Montana
; and Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
, to care for employees, retirees, and their families.

On January 15, 1883, the first train reached Livingston, Montana
Montana
, at the eastern foot of Bozeman Pass . Livingston, like Brainerd and South Tacoma before it, would grow to encompass a large backshop handling heavy repairs for the railroad. It would also mark the east-west dividing line on the Northern Pacific system.

Villard pushed hard for the completion of the Northern Pacific in 1883. His crews laid an average of a mile and half (2.4 km) of track each day. In early September, the line neared completion. To celebrate, and to gain national publicity for investment opportunities in his region, Villard chartered four trains to carry guests from the East to Gold Creek in western Montana. No expense was spared and the list of dignitaries included Frederick Billings, Ulysses S. Grant, and Villard's in-laws, the family of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison
William Lloyd Garrison
. On September 8, the Gold Spike was driven near Gold Creek .

DIRECT TO PUGET SOUND

Villard's fall was swifter than his ascendancy. Like Jay Cooke, he was now consumed by the enormous costs of constructing the railroad. Wall Street bears attacked the stock shortly after the Golden Spike, after the realization that the Northern Pacific was a very long road with very little business. Villard himself suffered a nervous breakdown in the days after the driving of the Golden Spike, and he left the presidency of the Northern Pacific in January 1884.

Again, the presidency of the Northern Pacific was handed to a professional railroader, Robert Harris , former head of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad . For the next four years, until the return of the Villard group, Harris worked at improving the property and ending its tangled relationship with the Oregon
Oregon
Railway and Navigation Company.

Throughout the mid-1880s, the Northern Pacific pushed to reach Puget Sound directly, rather than by means of a roundabout route that followed the Columbia River. Surveys of the Cascade Mountains
Cascade Mountains
, carried out intermittently since the 1870s, began anew. Virgil Bogue , a veteran civil engineer , was sent to explore the Cascades again. On March 19, 1881, he discovered Stampede Pass . In 1883, John W. Sprague , the head of the new Pacific Division, drove the Golden Spike to mark the beginning of the railroad from what would become Kalama, Washington . However, due to impaired health, he was forced to resign a few months later.

In 1884, after the departure of Villard, the Northern Pacific began building toward Stampede Pass from Wallula in the east and the area of Wilkeson in the west. By the end of the year, rails had reached Yakima, Washington
Yakima, Washington
in the east. A 77-mile (124 km) gap remained in 1886.

In January of that year, Nelson Bennett was given a contract to construct a 9,850-foot (1.866 mi; 3.00 km) tunnel under Stampede Pass . The contract specified a short amount of time for completion, and a large penalty if the deadline were missed. While crews worked on the tunnel, the railroad built a temporary switchback route across the pass. With numerous timber trestles and grades which approached six percent, the temporary line required two M class 2-10-0s — the two largest locomotives in the world (at that time) — to handle a tiny five-car train. On May 3, 1888, crews holed through the tunnel, and on May 27 the first train passed through directly to Puget Sound.

VILLARD AND THE PANIC OF 1893

Despite this success, the Northern Pacific, like many U.S. roads, was living on borrowed time. From 1887 until 1893, Henry Villard returned to the board of directors. Though offered the presidency, he refused. However, an associate of Villard dating back to his time on the Kansas Pacific, Thomas Fletcher Oakes , assumed the presidency on September 20, 1888.

In an effort to garner business, Oakes pursued an aggressive policy of branch line expansion. In addition, the Northern Pacific experienced the first competition in the form of James Jerome Hill and his Great Northern Railway . The Great Northern, like the Northern Pacific before it, was pushing west from the Twin Cities towards Puget Sound, and would be completed in 1893.

To combat the Great Northern, in a few instances Villard built branch line mileage simply to occupy a territory, regardless of whether the territory offered the railroad any business. Mismanagement, sparse traffic, and the Panic of 1893
Panic of 1893
sounded the death knell for the Northern Pacific and Villard's interest in railroading. The company slipped into its second bankruptcy on October 20, 1893. Oakes was named receiver and Brayton Ives , a former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange , became president.

FROM VILLARD TO MORGANIZATION

For the next three years, the Villard-Oakes interests and the Ives interest feuded for control of the Northern Pacific. Oakes was eventually forced out as receiver, but not before three separate courts were claiming jurisdiction over the Northern Pacific's bankruptcy. Things came to a head in 1896, when first Edward Dean Adams was appointed president, then less than two months later, Edwin Winter .

Ultimately, the task of straightening out the muddle of the Northern Pacific was turned over to John Pierpont Morgan . Morganization of the Northern Pacific, a process which befell many U.S. roads in the wake of the Panic of 1893, was handed to Morgan lieutenant Charles Henry Coster. The new president, beginning September 1, 1897, was Charles Sanger Mellen .

Though James J. Hill had purchased an interest in the Northern Pacific during the troubled days of 1896, Coster and Mellen would advocate, and follow, a staunchly independent line for the Northern Pacific for the next four years. Only the early death of Coster from overwork, and the promotion of Mellen to head the Morgan-controlled New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
in 1903, would bring the Northern Pacific closer to the orbit of James J. Hill. Map of Northern Pacific's route circa 1900.

HILL, HARRIMAN AND THE NORTHERN PACIFIC CORNER

In the late 1880s, the Villard regime, in another one of its costly missteps, attempted to stretch the Northern Pacific from the Twin Cities to the all-important rail hub of Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
. A costly project was begun in creating a union station and terminal facilities for a Northern Pacific which had yet to arrive.

Rather than build directly down to Chicago, perhaps following the Mississippi River as the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy had done, Villard chose to lease the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Central . Some backers of the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Central had long associations with Villard, and an expensive lease was worked out between the two companies which was only undone by the Northern Pacific's second bankruptcy.

The ultimate result was that the Northern Pacific was left without a direct connection to Chicago, the primary interchange point for most of the large U.S. railroads. Fortunately, the Northern Pacific was not alone. James J. Hill, controller of the Great Northern, which was completed between the Twin Cities and Puget Sound
Puget Sound
in 1893, also lacked a direct connection to Chicago. Hill went looking for a road with an existing route between the Twin Cities and Chicago which could be rolled into his holdings and give him a stable path to that important interchange. At the same time, Edward Henry Harriman , head of the Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad
, was also looking for a road which could connect his company to Chicago.

The road both Harriman and Hill looked at was the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. To Harriman, the Burlington was a road which paralleled much of his own, and offered tantalizing direct access to Chicago. For Hill as well, there was the possibility of a high-speed link directly with Chicago. Though the Burlington did not parallel the Great Northern or the Northern Pacific, it would give them a powerful railroad in the central West. Harriman was the first to approach the Burlington's aging chieftain, the irascible Charles Elliott Perkins . The price for control of the Burlington, as set by Perkins, was $200 a share, more than Harriman was willing to pay. Hill, however, met the price, and control of the Burlington was divided equally at about 48.5 percent each between the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific.

Not to be outdone, Harriman now came up with a crafty plan: Buy a controlling interest in the Northern Pacific and use its power on the Burlington to place friendly directors upon its board. On May 3, 1901, Harriman began his stock raid which would become known as the Northern Pacific Corner. By the end of the day he was short just 40,000 shares of common stock. Harriman placed an order to cover this, but was overridden by his broker, Jacob Schiff , of Kuhn, Loeb he was forced to break up his holdings in the Union Pacific and the Southern Pacific Railroad a few years later.

FROM HILL TO HOWARD ELLIOTT

In 1903, Hill finally got his way with the House of Morgan. Howard Elliott , another veteran of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, became president of the Northern Pacific on October 23. Elliott was a relative of the Burlington's crusty chieftain Charles Elliott Perkins, and more distantly the Burlington's great backer, John Murray Forbes . He had spent 20 years in the trenches of Midwest railroading, where rebates, pooling, expansion and rate wars had brought ruinous competition. Having seen the effects of having multiple railroads attempt to serve the same destination, he was very much in tune with James J. Hill's philosophy of "community of interest," a loose affiliation or collusion among roads in an attempt to avoid duplicating routes, rate wars, weak finances and ultimately bankruptcies and reorganizations. Elliott would be left to make peace with the Hill-controlled Great Northern; the Harriman-controlled Union Pacific; and, between 1907 and 1909, the last of the northern transcontinentals, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad , more commonly known as the Milwaukee Road. A Northern Pacific train travels over Bozeman Pass in June 1939

INTO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

After the turn of the century the Northern Pacific had a record of steady improvement. Together with the Great Northern, the Northern Pacific also gained control of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, gaining important access to Chicago, the central Middle West and Texas
Texas
, as well as the Spokane, Portland and Seattle
Seattle
Railway , an important route through eastern and southern Washington . Its physical plant was upgraded continuously, with double-tracking in key areas, and automatic block signaling along its entire main line. This in turn gave way to centralized traffic control, microwave and radio communications as time progressed.

The Northern Pacific maintained and continuously upgraded its equipment and service. The road helped pioneer the 4-8-4 Northern type steam engine, the 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone, and was among the first railroads in the country to adopt diesel power beginning with General Motors’ FTs in 1944. NP depot at Wallace in northern Idaho
Idaho
in 2007

The Northern Pacific's premier passenger train, the North Coast Limited was among the safest and finest in the nation, suffering only one passenger fatality in nearly seventy years of operation.

By 1900, most of the remaining land-grant holdings were located west of Montana, in the "western district." Nearly all the good farm land had been sold, leaving large tracts of grazing land or timber. The grazing acreage was poor quality, and was hard to sell. However, the timber lands were of high quality; much of it was sold to Frederick Weyerhaeuser
Weyerhaeuser
. The railroads goals were to sell its land to provide operating funds; and to populate the region to provide the markets and routine business necessary to sustain the railroad.

UNIFICATION OF THE HILL LINES

In later years, consolidation in American railroading brought the Northern Pacific together with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad , the Great Northern Railway , and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle
Seattle
Railway on March 2, 1970, to form the Burlington Northern Railroad . Ironically, the merger was allowed despite a challenge in the Supreme Court, essentially reversing the outcome of the 1904 Northern Securities ruling.

DIVISIONS

Revenue freight traffic, in millions of net ton-miles (including M&I, Gtext-align:left;">Source: ICC annual reports

In 1949, the Northern Pacific's headquarters in Saint Paul presided over a system of 6,889 miles (11,087 km), which 2,831 miles (4,556 km) of main line, 4,057 miles (6,529 km) of branch line under seven operating divisions.

LAKE SUPERIOR

Headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota
Minnesota
, the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Division's main routes were from Duluth to Ashland, Wisconsin
Ashland, Wisconsin
, Duluth to Staples, Minnesota
Minnesota
, and Duluth to White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Minnesota
. The division encompassed 631 route miles; 356 in main line and 274 in branches.

ST. PAUL

Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota
, the St. Paul Division's main routes were from Saint Paul to Staples, Saint Paul to White Bear Lake, and Staples to Dilworth, Minnesota
Minnesota
. The division encompassed 909 route miles; 310 in main line and 599 in branches.

FARGO

Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota
North Dakota
, the Fargo Division's main routes were from Dilworth to Mandan, North Dakota
North Dakota
. The division encompassed 1,167 route miles; 216 in main line and 951 in branches.

YELLOWSTONE

Headquartered in Glendive, Montana
Montana
, the Yellowstone Division's main routes were from Mandan, North Dakota
North Dakota
, to Billings, Montana
Montana
, and from Billings to Livingston, Montana
Montana
. The division encompassed 875 route miles; 546 in main line and 328 in branches.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

Headquartered in Missoula, Montana
Montana
, the Rocky Mountain Division's main routes were from Livingston to Paradise, Montana
Montana
via Helena, Montana
Montana
and Mullan Pass , and from Logan, Montana
Montana
, to Garrison, Montana
Montana
, via Butte, Montana
Montana
, and Homestake Pass . The division encompassed 892 route miles; 563 in main line and 330 in branches. It was home to the principal central district repair facility at Livingston, Montana.

IDAHO

Headquartered in Spokane, Washington
Spokane, Washington
, the Idaho
Idaho
Division's main routes were from Paradise, Mont., to Yakima, Washington
Yakima, Washington
, via Pasco, Washington . The division encompassed 1,123 route miles; 466 in main line and 657 in branches.

TACOMA

Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
, the Tacoma Division's main routes were from Yakima to Stuck Junction, near future Auburn, Washington , Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington
to Sumas, Washington
Sumas, Washington
, on the border with British Columbia
British Columbia
, Canada
Canada
, and from Seattle
Seattle
to Portland, Oregon . The division encompassed 1,034 route miles; 373 in main line and 661 in branches. It was home to the principal west end repair facility at South Tacoma, Washington.

PASSENGER SERVICE

The line encouraged people to make their homes in the Pacific Northwest by having an "immigration agent" and offering special excursion trains for prospective buyers during the winter months.

The North Coast Limited was a famous passenger train operated by the Northern Pacific Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
between Chicago and Seattle
Seattle
via Butte, Montana
Montana
and Homestake Pass . It commenced service on April 29, 1900, served briefly as a Burlington Northern
Burlington Northern
train after the merger on March 2, 1970, and ceased operation the day before Amtrak
Amtrak
began service (April 30, 1971). The Chicago Union Station to Saint Paul leg of the train's route was operated by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad along its Mississippi River mainline through Wisconsin. The North Coast Limited was the Northern Pacific's flagship train and the Northern Pacific itself was built along the trail first blazed by Lewis and Clark.

The Northern Pacific’s secondary transcontinental passenger train was the Alaskan , until it was replaced by the Mainstreeter
Mainstreeter
on November 16, 1952. The Mainstreeter, which operated via Helena, Montana
Montana
and Mullan Pass , continued in service through the Burlington Northern merger until Amtrak
Amtrak
Day (May 1, 1971). However, it had been reduced to a Saint Paul to Seattle
Seattle
train after the last run of the former Burlington Route Black Hawk on April 12–13, 1970.

The Northern Pacific also participated in the Coast Pool Train service between Portland and Seattle
Seattle
with the Great Northern Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad
. NP and GN Coast Pool Trains lasted until Amtrak.

There several other passenger trains which were discontinued before the Burlington Northern
Burlington Northern
merger. These included:

* Saint Paul to International Falls, Minnesota
Minnesota
; * Saint Paul to Duluth, Minnesota
Minnesota
(which at one time was also a pool operation, with Great Northern Railway and the Soo Line ); * Duluth to Staples, Minnesota
Minnesota
; * Saint Paul to Jamestown, North Dakota
North Dakota
(the last remnant of the Alaskan); * Fargo, North Dakota
North Dakota
to Winnipeg, Manitoba
Manitoba
;

THE ROUTE OF "THE GREAT BIG BAKED POTATO"

Actress Lillian Russell and other Hollywood stars were hired to promote the railroad's potatoes. A comic postcard circa 1910 to 1920 promoting "The Great Big Baked Potato".

Hazen Titus was appointed as the line's dining car superintendent in 1908. He learned that Yakima Valley farmers were unable to sell their potato crops because the potatoes they were growing were simply too large; they fed them to the hogs. Titus learned that a single potato could weigh from two to five pounds, but that smaller potatoes were preferred by the end buyers of the vegetable because many people considered large potatoes inedible due to their thick, rough skin.

Titus and his staff discovered the "inedible" potatoes were delicious after baking in a slow oven. He contracted to purchase as many potatoes as the farmers could produce that were more than two pounds in weight. Soon after the first delivery of "Netted Gem Bakers ", they were offered to diners on the North Coast Limited beginning in early 1909. Word of the line's specialty offering traveled quickly, and before long it was using "the Great Big Baked Potato" as a slogan to promote the railroad's passenger service. Hollywood stars were hired to promote it. When an addition was built for the Northern Pacific's Seattle
Seattle
commissary in 1914, a Railway Age
Railway Age
reporter wrote, "A large trade mark, in the shape of a baked potato, 40 ft. long and 18 ft. in diameter, surmounts the roof. The potato is electric lighted and its eyes, through the electric mechanism, are made to wink constantly. A cube of butter thrust into its split top glows intermittently." Premiums such as postcards, letter openers, and spoons were also produced to promote "The Route of the Great Big Baked Potato"; the slogan served the Northern Pacific for about 50 years.

PRESIDENTS

Presidents of Northern Pacific Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
were: Henry Villard, 6th president of Northern Pacific

* Josiah Perham , 1864–1866. * John Gregory Smith , 1866–1872. * George Washington Cass , 1872–1875. * Charles Barstow Wright , 1875–1879. * Frederick Billings , 1879–1881. * Henry Villard , 1881–1884. * Robert Harris , 1884–1888. * Thomas Fletcher Oakes , 1888–1893. * Brayton Ives , 1893–1896. * Edward Dean Adams , 1896. * Edwin Winter , 1896. * Charles Sanger Mellen , 1897–1903. * Howard Elliott , 1903–1913. * Jule Murat Hannaford , 1913–1920. * Charles Donnelly , 1920–1939. * Charles Eugene Denney , 1939–1950. * Robert Stetson Macfarlane , 1951–1966. * Louis W. Menk , 1966–1970.

CHIEF ENGINEERS

* Edwin Ferry Johnson (1803–1872), engineer-in-chief, 1867. Wrote The Railroad To the Pacific, Northern Route, Its General Characteristics, Relative Merits, Etc. in 1854. * William Milnor Roberts (1810–1881), engineer-in-chief, 1869 to 1879. Proposed the general route of the Northern Pacific from Bismarck to Portland. Also, Vice President, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1873 to 1878, and then President, 1878. * Adna Anderson (1827–1889), engineer-in-chief, February 18, 1880, to January 1888. In October 1886, he was also named second vice-president of the Northern Pacific. He completed the line between Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Wallula (where it connected with the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company’s line to Portland), witnessing the driving of the last spike on September 8, 1883. Thereafter, he evaluated possible routes for the Cascade Division, intended to connect the NP at some point near the mouth of the Snake River with Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
on Puget Sound
Puget Sound
. Preliminary reconnaissance and surveys began in March 1880, and in autumn, 1883, Anderson concluded that the line should be built through Stampede Pass . * John William Kendrick (1853–1924), chief engineer, January 1888, to July 1893. From July 1893, to February 1, 1899, he was general manager of the reorganized Northern Pacific Railway. * Edwin Harrison McHenry (1859 – August 21, 1931), chief engineer, July 1893, to September 1, 1901. Subsequently, he was chief engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railway
Canadian Pacific Railway
and then fourth vice-president of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
. * William Lafayette Darling (1856–1938), chief engineer, September 1, 1901, to September 1903, and January 1906, to 1916. Between 1905–1906, he was chief engineer for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad , returning to the NP in 1906 as chief engineer and also vice-president and engineer in charge of construction of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle
Seattle
Railway . * Edward J. Pearson (1863–1928), chief engineer, September 1903, to December 1905. * Howard Eveleth Stevens , chief engineer, 1916 to 1928. * Bernard Blum , chief engineer, 1928 to March 1953. * Harold Robert Peterson (1896–1963), chief engineer, March 1953, to May 1962. * Douglas Harlow Shoemaker , chief engineer, May 1962, to March 2, 1970.

LOCOMOTIVES

Main article: Northern Pacific Railway locomotives

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The Northern Pacific was known for many firsts in locomotive history and was a leader in the development of modern steam locomotives . The NP was one of the first railroads to use Mikado 2-8-2
2-8-2
locomotives in the United States.

The NP's desire to burn low grade semi-bituminous coal from company-owned mines at Rosebud, Montana
Montana
, played a part in the development of the 4-8-4 wheel arrangement for steam locomotives. With a BTU fifty percent lower than anthracite coal, the NP's locomotive design called for a much larger firebox, and thus an additional axle on the trailing truck. This led locomotive designers from the 4-8-2 Mountain to the 4-8-4 Northern, first produced by Alco for the NP in 1926 and designated the Class A by the railway.

The 2-8-8-4 , called the Yellowstone, was first built for the NP by Alco in 1928 and numbered 5000, Class Z-5, with more built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1930. The large locomotives were designed to handle higher tonnage on freight trains while simultaneously eliminating the need to use more 2-8-2
2-8-2
Mikados and crews. They originally served in the western North Dakota
North Dakota
/eastern Montana territory.

The Northern Pacific purchased Timken 1111 called the Four Aces, the first locomotive built with roller bearings , in 1933. The Northern Pacific renumbered it 2626 and classified it as the sole member of locomotive Class A-1. It was used in passenger service in Washington , Oregon
Oregon
, Idaho
Idaho
and Montana
Montana
until 1957 when it was retired from active service and scrapped at South Tacoma, despite attempts to preserve the locomotive. After Timken 1111, the NP bought only roller bearing equipped steam locomotives, with the exception of four 4-6-6-4 Class Z-6 locomotives that were later changed to roller bearings.

STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

Twenty-one Northern Pacific steam locomotives have been preserved:

* Two 0-4-0
0-4-0
engines (the Minnetonka and 8). The Minnetonka was built by Porter and Smith in 1870, and is now owned by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and is on display in Duluth, Minnesota
Minnesota
. It has the distinction of being shipped in parts around Cape Horn
Cape Horn
and reassembled at Kalama, Washington circa 1871. * Five 0-6-0
0-6-0
engines, representing classes L-4 (927), L-5 (924), L-7 (1031) and L-9 (1068). Locomotive 1070 is located in Acme, WA.at the Lake Whatcom Railroad historically preserved by Owner/Engineer Frank Culp. L-4 927 is displayed at the Ironhorse Central Railroad Museum Chisago City, Minnesota. L-7 1031 is displayed at the Yellowstone Valley Museum in Billings, MT. * One 2-6-2
2-6-2
engine, Class T (2435). The locomotive was built by the Brooks Locomotive Works in 1907 and is now owned by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota
Minnesota
. * One 2-8-0
2-8-0
engine, Class Y-1 (25). * One 2-8-2
2-8-2
engine, Class W-3 (1762). * Two 4-4-0
4-4-0
engines, classes C-1 (684), and 25½-C (21). NP 684 was built by the New York Locomotive Works in 1883. Sold off and later abandoned in a field in Idaho
Idaho
, it was rescued and rebuilt by the Northern Pacific at the instigation of company photographer Ronald V. Nixon. It is on display at Bonanzaville, USA in Fargo, North Dakota
North Dakota
. NP 21 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works
Baldwin Locomotive Works
in 1872 and was later sold to the Canadian Pacific Railway
Canadian Pacific Railway
and became the CP 1, the Countess of Dufferin . The engine is now owned by the City of Winnipeg
Winnipeg
and on permanent display in the Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Railway Museum . * Five 4-6-0 Baldwin engines, representing classes S-4 (1354, 1356, 1364 and 1382) and Class S-10 (328). The 1364 is being restored by the Northern Pacific Railway Museum in Toppenish, Washington
Toppenish, Washington
. The 1356 was built in 1902 placed on display in 1957 in downtown Missoula, Montana
Montana
next to the historic Northern Pacific railway depot built 1901. The 1356 is very famous in western Montana
Montana
and north Idaho
Idaho
for its use to save many people's lives in the 3-million-acre Bitterroot forest fires of 1910 escaping trough fires on both sides of the track even traveling over a railroad trestle that was ablaze outside of Avery, Idaho. In 1943 tragedy struck while the 1356 was pulling 28 log filled cars. The 1356 derailed on a collapsing bridge into the Bitterroot river killing all three crew. The 1356 was buried by the log train and even the recovery crane toppled on top of 1356 during the recovery. 1356 was rebuilt in Livingston, Montana
Montana
and returned to service. Missoula, Montana
Montana
has a celebration every year for the 1356. The 328 was built by Rogers Locomotive Works in 1907 and is owned by the Minnesota
Minnesota
Transportation Museum and is being restored in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota
. * Four 4-6-2
4-6-2
engines, representing Class Q-3 (2152, 2153, 2156 and 2164). The 2152 is owned and displayed by the Northern Pacific Railway Museum in Toppenish, WA. The 2153 and 2156 were built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1909 are owned by the Minnesota
Minnesota
Transportation Museum . The 2156 is being restored in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
. The 2164 is on display at Camp Hancock State Historic Site in Bismarck, North Dakota
North Dakota
.

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* Northern Pacific 230, a 73-foot (22 m) lightweight baggage car built by Pullman Company in 1963, is now owned by the Illinois Railway Museum and is on display in Union, Illinois . The streamlined car was formerly in service on the Northern Pacific’s Mainstreeter
Mainstreeter
. * Northern Pacific 255 is a lightweight baggage car built by the St. Louis Car Company in 1965. It was donated to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in 1981. * Northern Pacific 325, a Slumbercoach named Loch Sloy built by the Budd Company
Budd Company
in 1959, is now owned by the Illinois Railway Museum and is on display in Union, Illinois . The car was formerly in service on the Northern Pacific’s North Coast Limited . * Northern Pacific 390, a lightweight 4-double bedroom, 1-compartment sleeper-buffet-lounge-observation car named Rainier Club and built by Pullman Company in 1947, is now owned by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and is on display in Duluth, Minnesota
Minnesota
. The car was in service on the Northern Pacific’s North Coast Limited. * Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 481, a lightweight 8-duplex roomette, 6-roomette, 3-double bedroom, 1-compartment sleeper car named Savannah built by the Pullman Company in 1948 to Northern Pacific specifications is now owned by the Illinois Railway Museum and is on display in Union, Illinois. The car was in service on the Northern Pacific’s North Coast Limited. * Northern Pacific 517, a lightweight, 56 seat coach built by Pullman Standard in 1946, was used on the North Coast Limited and the Mainstreeter. It was sold to the Duluth, Missabe -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

* ^ A B Lubetkin, M. John (2006). Jay Cooke's Gamble-The Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux and the Panic of 1873. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-8061-3740-1 . * ^ Carlos A. Schwantes (1996). The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History. U of Nebraska Press. p. 173. * ^ John M. Lubetkin, "'Twenty-Six Feet and no Bottom': Constructing the Northern Pacific Railroad," Minnesota
Minnesota
History (2006) 60#1 pp 4-17. * ^ John M. Lubetkin, "'No Fighting is to be Apprehended": Major Eugene Baker, Sitting Bull, and the Northern Pacific Railroad's 1872 Western Yellowstone Surveying Expedition," Montana: The Magazine of Western History (2006) 56#2 pp 28-41. * ^ Stanley N. Murray, "Railroads and the Agricultural Development of the Red River Valley
Red River Valley
of the North, 1870-1890," Agricultural History, Fall 1957, Vol. 31 Issue 4, pp 57-66 in JSTOR * ^ Hiram M. Drache, "The Economic Aspects of the Northern Pacific Railroad in North Dakota," North Dakota
North Dakota
History (1967) 34#4 pp 320-372. * ^ James B. Hedges, "The Colonization Work of the Northern Pacific Railroad," Mississippi Valley Historical Review, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Dec., 1926), pp. 311-342 in JSTOR * ^ Ross R. Controneo, "Northern Pacific Officials and the Disposition of the Railroad's Land Grant in North Dakota
North Dakota
after 1888," North Dakota
North Dakota
History, 1970, Vol. 37 Issue 2, pp 77-103 * ^ Lloyd J. Mercer (1982). Railroads and Land Grant Policy: A Study in Government Intervention. Beard Books. pp. 198–200. for sales statistics * ^ John L. Harnsberger, " Jay Cooke
Jay Cooke
and the Financing of the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1869-1873," North Dakota
North Dakota
Quarterly (1969) 37#4 pp 5-13 * ^ Jan Taylor, "The Northern Pacific Railroad's Last Spike Excursion," Montana: The Magazine of Western History (2010) 60#4 pp 16-35. * ^ Barry A. Macey, "Charles Sanger Mellen: Architect of Transportation Monopoly," Historical New Hampshire (1971) 26#4 pp 2-29 * ^ Ross R. Cotroneo, "The Northern Pacific: Years of Difficulty," Kansas Quarterly (1970) 2#3 pp69-77. * ^ Ross R. Cotroneo, "Western Land Marketing by the Northern Pacific Railway," Pacific Historical Review (1968) 37#3 pp 299-320. in JSTOR * ^ http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=2304 * ^ Strauss, John F. (Jr.) (2001). Northern Pacific Pictorial Volume 5 — Domes, RDCs and Slumbercoaches. La Mirada, California: Four Ways West Publications. ISBN 1-885614-45-4 . * ^ A B Mckenzie, William A., ed. (2004). Dining Car To The Pacific: The "Famously Good" Food of the Northern Pacific Railway. University of Minnesota
Minnesota
Press. p. 176. ISBN 0816645620 . Retrieved 15 September 2012. * ^ William Hathaway (2009). Idaho
Idaho
Falls Post Register. Arcadia Publishing. p. 53. * ^ A B The National Cyclopedia of American Biography. New York: James T. White, 1940. * ^ Talbott, E. H., Hobart, H. R., editors, The Biographical Directory of the Railway Officials of America for 1885. Chicago: Railway Age, 1885. * ^ Busbey, T. Addison, editor, The Biographical Directory of the Railway Officials of America, 1901 edition. Chicago: Railway Age
Railway Age
and Northwestern Railroader, 1901. * ^ Busbey, T. Addison, editor, The Biographical Directory of the Railway Officials of America, 1906 edition. Chicago: Railway Age, 1906. * ^ Who’s Who in Railroading – United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba – 1930 Edition. New York: Simmons-Boardman, 1930. * ^ Wheeler, Olin D. (1901). The history of a trade-mark. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Northern Pacific Railway. * ^ Nolan, Edward W. (1983). Northern Pacific views: The railroad photography of F. Jay Haynes , 1876–1905. Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society Press. pp. 14–20. ISBN 0-917298-11-X .

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FURTHER READING

* Armbruster, Kurt E. Orphan Road: The Railroad Comes to Seattle, 1853–1911. Pullman: Washington State University Press
Washington State University Press
, 1999. * Asay, Jeff. Union Pacific Northwest; The Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company. Edmonds: Pacific Fast Mail, 1991. * Bryant, Keith L., Jr., Editor. Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography, Railroads in the Twentieth Century. New York: Facts on File, 1990. * Budd, Ralph, and Howard Elliott. Great Northern and Northern Pacific Review of Operations from 1916 to 1923. New York: Wood, Struthers and Company, 1927. * Campbell, Edward G. Reorganization of the American Railroad System, 1893–1900. New York: Columbia University Press
Columbia University Press
, 1938. * de Borchgrave, Alexandra Villard, and John Cullen. Villard: The Life and Times of an American Titan (2001) excerpt and text search * Donnelly, Charles. Facts About the Northern Pacific Land Grant. Saint Paul: Northern Pacific Railway, 1924. * Fredrickson, James Merlin. Railroad Shutterbug; Jim Fredrickson’s Northern Pacific. Pullman : Washington State University Press, 2000. * Fredrickson, James Merlin. Washington State History Train. Tacoma: Washington State Historical Society, 1995. * Frey, Robert L., Editor. Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography, Railroads in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Facts on File, 1988. * Hedges, James Blaine. Henry Villard and the Railways of the Northwest. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1930. * Hidy, Ralph W., et al. The Great Northern Railway, A History. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1988. * Lewty, Peter J. Across the Columbia Plain; Railroad Expansion in the Interior Northwest, 1885–1893. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1995. * Lewty, Peter J. To the Columbia Gateway; The Oregon
Oregon
Railway and the Northern Pacific, 1879–1884. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1987. * Macfarlane, Robert Stetson. Henry Villard and the Northern Pacific. New York: Newcomen Society in North America, 1954. * Martin, Albro. James J. Hill and the Opening of the Northwest. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. * Mercer, Lloyd J. (1982). Railroads and Land Grant Policy: A Study in Government Intervention. Beard Books. pp. 198–200. , for statistics on land sales * Nolan, Edward W. (1983). Northern Pacific views: The railroad photography of F. Jay Haynes , 1876–1905. Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-917298-11-X . * Oberholtzer, Ellis P. Jay Cooke. New York: Augustus M. Kelley, 1968. * Schrenk, Lorenz P., and Frey, Robert L. Northern Pacific Pioneer Steam Era. St. Paul : Monad Publications, 2010. * Schrenk, Lorenz P., and Frey, Robert L. Northern Pacific Classic Steam Era. Mukilteo : Hundman Publishing, 1997. * Schrenk, Lorenz P., and Frey, Robert L. Northern Pacific Railway Supersteam Era 1925–1945. San Marino: Golden West Books, 1985. * Schrenk, Lorenz P., and Frey, Robert L. Northern Pacific Railway Diesel Era 1945–1970. San Marino: Golden West Books, 1988. * Smalley, Eugene Virgil (1883). History of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Putnam. , full text online of early history; 437pp * Villard, Henry. Memoirs of Henry Villard. New York: Houghton Mifflin , 1904. * Wheeler, Olin D. The History of a Trade-Mark. St. Paul: Northern Pacific Railway, 1901. online * Winks, Robin W. Frederick Billings: A Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

PRIMARY SOURCES AND OFFICIAL SOURCES

* Campbell, Marius Robinson. Guidebook of the Western United States, Part A: The Northern Pacific Route, with a side trip to Yellowstone Park. Washington (D.C.): Government Printing Office, 1915. * Cleland, Alexander M. (1913). Land of Geysers, Yellowstone National Park. St. Paul : General Passenger Department, Northern Pacific Railway.

* Northern Pacific Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
Company. (1899). The Official Northern Pacific Railway guide. St. Paul, Minn.: W.C. Riley. * Northern Pacific Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
Company. (1911). Lewiston-Clarkston and the Clearwater Country, Idaho—Washington. General Passenger Department, Northern Pacific Railway.

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