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The Northern Pacific Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
(reporting mark NP) was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States, from Minnesota
Minnesota
to the 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, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, the NP had an international branch to Winnipeg, Manitoba, 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
Frederick Billings
and first reorganization 1.6 Henry Villard, Gold Creek, Gold Spike 1.7 Direct to Puget Sound 1.8 Villard and the 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 2.2 St. Paul 2.3 Fargo 2.4 Yellowstone 2.5 Rocky Mountain 2.6 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[edit] Organization and first rail[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1] It could not use all the land and in the end took just under 40 million acres.[2] Jay Cooke
Jay Cooke
takes control[edit] For the next six years, backers of the road struggled to find financing. Though John Gregory Smith
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. 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.

Preferred Shares of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, issued 28. November 1881

Over the course of 1871, the Northern Pacific pushed westward from Minnesota
Minnesota
into present-day 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.[3] The NP also began building its line north from Kalama, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Territory, on the Columbia River outside of Portland, Oregon, towards 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
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. Headquarters and shops were established in Brainerd, 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
George Washington Cass
became the third president of the company. Cass had been a vice-president and director of the 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.[4] Settlement[edit] 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.[5] The Northern Pacific reached Dakota Territory
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.[6] The NP used its federal land grants as security to borrow money to build its system.[7] 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's land policies changed, after it was judged 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.[8][9] Panic of 1873
Panic of 1873
and first bankruptcy[edit] 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, 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.[10] 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
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, 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[citation needed] operating out of Forts Abraham Lincoln and Rice in Dakota Territory
Dakota Territory
conducted expeditions to protect the railroad survey and construction crews in Dakota and Montana
Montana
Territories. Frederick Billings
Frederick Billings
and first reorganization[edit] In 1877, construction resumed in a small way. Northern Pacific pushed a branch line southeast from Tacoma to Puyallup, Washington
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, 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
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[edit]

Yellowstone Park Line Brochure 1904

Oregon
Oregon
and Transcontinental stock owned by Henry Villard.

German-born journalist Henry Villard
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's Oregon
Oregon
Short Line at the confluence of the Columbia River
Columbia River
and the Snake River
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, 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
Jay Gould
in a battle for control of the Kansas Pacific
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, to Fergus Falls, 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, 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; Glendive, Montana; Missoula, Montana; and Tacoma, Washington, to care for employees, retirees, and their families. On January 15, 1883, the first train reached Livingston, 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. On September 8, the Gold Spike was driven near Gold Creek.[11] Direct to Puget Sound[edit] 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, 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
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[edit] Despite this success, the Northern Pacific, like many U.S. roads, was living on borrowed time. From 1887 until 1893, Henry Villard
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
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[edit] 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.[12] 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 in 1903, would bring the Northern Pacific closer to the orbit of James J. Hill.[13]

Map of Northern Pacific's route circa 1900.

Hill, Harriman and the Northern Pacific Corner[edit] 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. 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, 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 & Co. Hill, on the other hand, reached the vacationing Morgan in Italy
Italy
and managed to place an order for 150,000 shares of common stock. Though Harriman might be able to control the preferred stock, Hill knew the company bylaws allowed for the holders of the common stock to vote to retire the preferred. In three days, however, the Harriman-Hill imbroglio managed to wreak havoc on the stock market. Northern Pacific stock was quoted at $150 a share on May 6, and is reported to have traded as much as $1,000 a share behind the scenes. Harriman and Hill now worked to settle the issue for brokers to avoid panic. Hill, for his part, attempted to avoid future stock raids by placing his holdings in the Northern Securities Company, a move which would be undone by the Supreme Court in 1904 under the auspices of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Harriman was not immune either; he was forced to break up his holdings in the Union Pacific and the Southern Pacific Railroad
Southern Pacific Railroad
a few years later. From Hill to Howard Elliott[edit] 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
Bozeman Pass
in June 1939

Into the twentieth century[edit] 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, 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
4-8-4
Northern type steam engine, the 2-8-8-4
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 north Idaho, 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. 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.[14] Unification of the Hill Lines[edit] 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[edit] Revenue freight traffic, in millions of net ton-miles (including M&I, G&P)

Year Traffic

1925 6852

1933 3600

1944 14679

1960 11360

1967 13629

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[edit] Headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Division's main routes were from Duluth to Ashland, Wisconsin, Duluth to Staples, Minnesota, and Duluth to White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The division encompassed 631 route miles; 356 in main line and 274 in branches. St. Paul[edit] Headquartered in St. Paul, 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. The division encompassed 909 route miles; 310 in main line and 599 in branches. Fargo[edit] Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, the Fargo Division's main routes were from Dilworth to Mandan, North Dakota. The division encompassed 1,167 route miles; 216 in main line and 951 in branches. Yellowstone[edit] Headquartered in Glendive, Montana, the Yellowstone Division's main routes were from Mandan, North Dakota, to Billings, Montana, and from Billings to Livingston, Montana. The division encompassed 875 route miles; 546 in main line and 328 in branches. Rocky Mountain[edit] Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, the Rocky Mountain Division's main routes were from Livingston to Paradise, Montana
Montana
via Helena, Montana and Mullan Pass, and from Logan, Montana, to Garrison, Montana, via Butte, 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[edit] Headquartered in Spokane, Washington, the Idaho
Idaho
Division's main routes were from Paradise, Mont., to Yakima, Washington, via Pasco, Washington. The division encompassed 1,123 route miles; 466 in main line and 657 in branches. Tacoma[edit] Headquartered in 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, on the border with British Columbia, 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.[15] Passenger service[edit]

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
North Coast Limited
was the premier 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 on April 30, 1971, the day before Amtrak
Amtrak
began service. 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
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.[16] 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. 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; 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; Saint Paul to Jamestown, North Dakota
North Dakota
(the last remnant of the Alaskan); Fargo, North Dakota
North Dakota
to Winnipeg, Manitoba;

The Route of "the Great Big Baked Potato"[edit]

Actress Lillian Russell
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.[17] 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
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.[18] 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.[17] Presidents[edit] 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[edit]

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.[19] William Milnor Roberts
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.[19] 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
Oregon
Railway and Navigation Company’s line to Portland), witnessing the driving of the last spike on September 8, 1883.[20] Thereafter, he evaluated possible routes for the Cascade Division, intended to connect the NP at some point near the mouth of the Snake River
Snake River
with Tacoma, Washington on 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
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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] Edward J. Pearson
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[edit] Main article: Northern Pacific Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
locomotives Notable and preserved equipment[edit]

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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, played a part in the development of the 4-8-4
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
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/eastern Montana territory. The Northern Pacific purchased Timken 1111
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, 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[edit] 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. It has the distinction of being shipped in parts around Cape Horn
Cape Horn
and reassembled at Kalama, Washington
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
Brooks Locomotive Works
in 1907 and is now owned by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, 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, 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. 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
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. The 1356 was built in 1902 placed on display in 1957 in downtown Missoula, 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
Rogers Locomotive Works
in 1907 and is owned by the Minnesota
Minnesota
Transportation Museum and is being restored in Saint Paul, 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. The 2164 is on display at Camp Hancock State Historic Site
Camp Hancock State Historic Site
in Bismarck, North Dakota.

SP&S 700 under steam at Portland Union Station in 1991.

In addition, preserved Spokane, Portland and Seattle
Seattle
700, a 4-8-4, was derived from Northern Pacific designs. Diesel locomotives[edit]

Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad
1 and 2, formerly Northern Pacific 6700A and 7002C, EMD F9s, were built in 1954 and later rebuilt by BN for special train service. They are now owned by the Illinois Railway Museum and are operational at the museum.Union, Illinois. Northern Pacific 3617, an EMD SD45
EMD SD45
built 1967 restored and operated by the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 7012A an EMD F9
EMD F9
built 1956 was donated to the Western Forest Industries Museum ca. 1983 by BN. Now under the care of Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad.

Passenger equipment[edit]

Northern Pacific 325 at Illinois Railway Museum
Illinois Railway Museum
in 2007

Northern Pacific 230, a 73-foot (22 m) lightweight baggage car built by Pullman Company
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. 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
Slumbercoach
named Loch Sloy
Loch Sloy
built by the Budd Company in 1959, is now owned by the Illinois Railway Museum
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
Pullman Company
in 1947, is now owned by the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Railroad Museum and is on display in Duluth, 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
Pullman Company
in 1948 to Northern Pacific specifications is now owned by the Illinois Railway Museum
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
North Coast Limited
and the Mainstreeter. It was sold to the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway in 1974 and was acquired by the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Railroad Museum in 2000 and repainted in Northern Pacific colors. Northern Pacific 627, a heavyweight coach built in 1910 by the Pullman Company as an all steel, electric lit and steam heated parlor car named Dunlap and assigned to the Pennsylvania Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad
for the opening of the Pennsylvania Station in New York City. It was sold in 1941 to the Northern Pacific and rebuilt into NP 627, an 86-seat heavyweight coach in 1942. It was used on the Northern Pacific's Casey Jones Excursions including the final runs of steam locomotives NP 1372, NP 1776 and NP 2626. Its last run for the Northern Pacific was Christmas Eve of 1964 on the transcontinental Mainstreeter. It was sold in 1968 to the Lake Whatcom Railway where it remains in use. Northern Pacific 634, a heavyweight coach built in 1912 by the Pullman Company as a parlor car named Clearview and assigned to the Pennsylvania Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad
for the inaugural Broadway Limited. It was sold in 1941 to the Northern Pacific and converted in 1942 to an 88-seat coach. It was used on the Northern Pacific's Casey Jones Excursions including the final runs of steam locomotives NP 1372, NP 1776 and NP 2626. Its last run for the Northern Pacific was Christmas Eve of 1964 on the transcontinental Mainstreeter. It was sold in 1968 to the Lake Whatcom Railway where it remains in use. Northern Pacific 1102, a heavyweight Railway Post Office
Railway Post Office
car built by the Pullman Company
Pullman Company
in 1914 as a parlor car named Reba. It was later rebuilt by the NP into NP 631, an 86-seat heavyweight coach, and in 1947 as a triple combine car with a fifteen-foot RPO section. In 1965 it was refitted by the NP's Signal Department for use as a training car. The car has been rebuilt to its triple combine configuration and gives demonstrations of how the U.S. Mail used to move by rail at the Minnesota
Minnesota
Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 1370, a heavyweight coach built by the Pullman Company in 1915 for service on the North Coast Limited. The car is on display at the Minnesota
Minnesota
Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 1447, a Railway Post Office
Railway Post Office
car built in 1914, is now owned by the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Railroad Museum and is on display in Duluth, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 1512, a heavyweight baggage car built by the Pullman Company in 1915, is in service on the Lake Whatcom Railway at Wickersham, Washington. Northern Pacific 1681, a coffee shop coach built by the Pullman Company in 1923 as an NP coach and rebuilt to a coffee shop coach in 1957 for use on the transcontinental Mainstreeter
Mainstreeter
between Seattle
Seattle
and Spokane. It is in use at the Lake Whatcom Railway, Wickersham, Washington. Northern Pacific Madison River, a heavyweight business car built by the Pullman Company
Pullman Company
in 1926 as North Coast Limited
North Coast Limited
Observation Car 1716. It was converted to a Business Car 2 in 1943 and survived past the 1970 merger. It remains in use on the Lake Whatcom Railway. Eight cars originally built for Northern Pacific by the Pullman Company in the early 1900s are now used in daily service on the Napa Valley Wine Train (NVRR). These cars were sold by NP to Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1960 and were used for the Ski Train between Denver and Winter Park, Colorado, before the NVRR purchased them in 1987.

Many NP passenger cars remain in private collections. Cabooses[edit]

Northern Pacific 1238, a wood cupola caboose Was purchased by Nalley's Fine Foods, Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
from the BN in 1975 and was used for the Project NP1364 restoration but was remodeled as a clubhouse for Nalley's and parked by the Seattle
Seattle
KING DOME until the dome was torn down then donated to the NP Museum in Toppenish, Washington
Toppenish, Washington
where it was restored to its pre-1950s look without the large herald and MAIN STREET OF THE NORTHWEST logos and is on display in Toppenish, Washington Northern Pacific 1264, originally NP 1144, a wood cupola caboose built in 1901 by the South Baltimore Car Works in Baltimore, Maryland. The car served for many years on Idaho
Idaho
Division freight trains and is now on display at the Minnesota
Minnesota
Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 1311, a wood cupola caboose built in 1913, is now owned by the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Railroad Museum and is on display in Duluth, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 1631, a wood cupola caboose, is now on display at the Minnesota
Minnesota
Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 1660, a wood cupola caboose, which was the first to have the NP trademark "monad" painted on its side, is now on display at the Lake Whatcom Railway, Wickersham, Washington. Northern Pacific 1730, now Minnesota
Minnesota
Transfer Railway X-12, is a former cupola caboose built for the Northern Pacific in 1921 by Pacific Car and Foundry. It was sold in 1966 to the Minnesota
Minnesota
Transfer Railway and converted into a bay window caboose. It is now owned by the Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Mid-Continent Railway Museum
and is on display in North Freedom, Wisconsin. Northern Pacific 1781, a wood cupola caboose built in 1923, is now owned by the Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Mid-Continent Railway Museum
and is on display in North Freedom, Wisconsin.

Numerous NP cabooses remain in private collections. Maintenance equipment[edit]

Northern Pacific 30, a Russell snowplow, is now on display at the Minnesota
Minnesota
Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 38, a steam wrecking derrick built by Industrial Works in Bay City, Michigan
Bay City, Michigan
in 1913, is now owned by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and is on display in Duluth, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 19, a wedge snowplow built by the Russell Car Company, is now owned by the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Railroad Museum and is on display in Duluth, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 2 a rotary steam snowplow built by the Cooke Locomotive Works in 1887, is now owned by the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Railroad Museum and is on display in Duluth, Minnesota. Northern Pacific 10, a rotary steam snowplow built in November 1907, is now owned by the Northwest Railway Museum
Northwest Railway Museum
and is on display in Snoqualmie, Washington. Northern Pacific 642, a Mann-McCann spreader built by the St. Paul Foundry in 1921 is now owned by the Northern Pacific Railway Museum in Toppenish, Washington. The spreader was operated for many years on Stampede Pass
Stampede Pass
by Burlington Northern
Burlington Northern
as No. 972602.

Trademark[edit] In search of a trademark, the Northern Pacific considered and rejected many designs. Edwin Harrison McHenry, the Chief Engineer, was struck with a geometric design, a Taijitu
Taijitu
in the Korean flag
Korean flag
he saw while visiting the Korean exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. The idea came to him that it was just the symbol for the long-sought-for trademark. With a slight modification, and rendered in red and black, the symbol became the railroad's trademark.[24] In 1876, photographer Frank Jay Haynes
Frank Jay Haynes
began contract work with the railroad for publicity photographs. In 1881 he met Charles Fee and through his 20-year friendship with Fee, Haynes became known as the "Official Photographer of the N.P.R.R". His "Northern Pacific Views" photographically documented over the years, the routes, destinations, infrastructure and equipment of the railroad.[25] References[edit]

^ 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 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[edit]

Armbruster, Kurt E. Orphan Road: The Railroad Comes to Seattle, 1853–1911. Pullman: 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, 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 [Wash.]: 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
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
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 [Minn.]: Monad Publications, 2010. Schrenk, Lorenz P., and Frey, Robert L. Northern Pacific Classic Steam Era. Mukilteo [Wash.]: 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[edit]

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 [Minn.]: 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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Timeline

1910–29 1930–76 1977–present

Railroads in italics meet the revenue specifications for Class I status, but are not technically Class I railroads due to being passenger-only railroads with no

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