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Catalog Number WF 0005.A,B,C
Description The arrival of the first Seattle and Northern train (side of coal car says, " SEATTLE & NORTHERN RR". Note the wreaths, flags on the engine cab and the front of the train. The August 7, 1890 ANACORTES AMERICAN said regarding the arrival of the first train: "The First Train: Passenger service on the S & N inaugurated." "Tuesday marked an epoch in the history of Anacortes and Fidalgo Island as the first regular passenger train passed out of the city... To the junction of the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern and the Fairhaven & Southern." (a regional line serving Puget Sound logging areas, incorporated upon completion of the Canadian Pacific in 1885, began pushing tracks east of Seattle and west of Spokane (with the intention to meet) and north to the boundary. In 1888 the SLS&E ran out of money and was secured by the Northern Pacific, eventually absorbing the railway into its branch line system. From Anacortes to Hamilton was the Seattle & Northern, whose tracks in Sedro met the F&S and the SLS&E.). Location of this photograph was at the McNaught dock at the foot of I Avenue and Guemes Channel. S&N track was laid east in 1889; Seattle and Northern franchise became part of Great Northern Railroad in August 1890. Skagit connection from Anacortes to Seattle &/or Bellingham.First Passenger Train out of Anacortes. The Seattle & Northern RR became part of the Great Northern Railroad in August of 1890.
Date 1890, August 7
Photographer EWING, David B.
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Transportation - Railroad
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms 1890
Anacortes, WA
Seattle & Northern RR
Object Name Print, Photographic