Oregon & Northwestern Railroad

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In 1922, the US Forest Service offered one of the largest timber sales in the agency's history, encompassing 890 million board feet of mostly Ponderosa pine timber in the mountains north of Burns, Oregon. Among other requirements, the sale terms required the successful bidder to build and operate 80 miles of common carrier railroad through some of the most remote and undeveloped country in the state. The Fred Herrick Lumber Company and its Malheur Railroad initially won the bidding, only to lose it when a crash in the lumber market forced the company into insolvency. The Edward Hines Lumber Company of Chicago picked up the pieces, and from 1929 until 1984, its subsidiary Oregon & Northwestern Railroad made a living hauling logs, lumber, and occasional livestock between Burns and Seneca, Oregon.
ISBN: 9781467130479
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Jeff Moore and Wayne I. Monger have compiled extensive research and over 200 images from public and private collections telling the story of the Oregon & Northwestern and associated railroads, including the Malheur Railroad, Edward Hines's private logging railroad, Union Pacific's Oregon Eastern branch, and the Oregon Eastern Division of the Wyoming Colorado Railroad.
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