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Stone Arch Bridge Opens

Nov 23, 1883
The Stone Arch Bridge spans the Mississippi below St. Anthony Falls. Once called “Jim Hill’s Folly,” the bridge provides a crossing for trains and becomes a Minneapolis landmark.* 440 more words

History

STEEP AND CROOKED ... by Late Writer, Artist & Castle Builder Bill Laux - Chapter 2

STEEP AND CROOKED: THE MINING RAILROADS OF THE CANADIAN BORDER

 By Bill Laux

CHAPTER TWO

THE CRY FOR A RAILROAD

1889 – 1896

Daniel Corbin had from the beginning intended that his Spokane Falls and Northern Railway should enter Canada and reach the shores of Kootenay Lake where half a dozen mining camps needed transportation for their ores.   4,720 more words

Writing

Oregon considers oil train safety bill

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney has pitched a bill that would tighten regulations on railroads that transport crude oil and other hazardous materials.

Senate Bill 7 would give Oregon Department of Environmental Quality authority to require oil spill prevention and emergency response plans from railroads with “high hazard train routes.” 10 more words

Oregon Legislature

CSX, NS to Increase Inward Facing Cameras, Do More Cell Phone Detection Inside Locomotives

CSX and Norfolk Southern expect to increase the number of inward facing cameras in their locomotives this year and to install cell phone detection technology. 114 more words

Railroad News

Lobster was originally the food of poverty 

​As a tour guide, I spend my time looking up restaurants I will never be able to go to unless I can get a wealthy person to sweep me off of my feet like in Pretty Woman. 365 more words

Food

Top works of the Gem coal mine

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 29, 2013

By Bill Kombol

Coal was discovered near Franklin in 1880 and the underground mines were established shortly thereafter. 140 more words

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