Dale W. Jones: Spokane International Railway

Please join us for an evening learning about the history of Spokane's rail system with author Dale W. Jones. His book Spokane International Railway highlights many images from renowned rail photographer,  Larry Shawver. A question and answer session will be followed by a signing.

About Spokane International Railway: 

The last half of the 19th century was typified by tycoons and shrewd railroad barons. A key figure in the development of the Spokane International Railway was James Jerome Hill, or simply Jim Hill. Spokane businessmen regarded Hill as a tyrant and considered his Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads unwelcome monopolies in Northeast Washington and the Idaho Panhandle. In 1905, Daniel Chase "D.C." Corbin broke the Hill lines' stronghold by forming the Spokane International Railway as a 140-mile rail line from Spokane, Washington, to Eastport, Idaho, to interchange traffic from the Canadian border to the Pacific. Today, the route continues to be profitable under Union Pacific Railroad ownership with commodities shipped to Western markets via the Canadian Pacific Railway. This book shares the story of the Spokane International Railway and traces its international and local connections with every major railroad in the Pacific Northwest. Its highlights scores of images from the lens of photographer Larry Shawver and provides a trip up the Burnt Cabin Creek Railroad and through the Hoodoos.

About Dale W. Jones:

Author Dale Jones grew up a mere block from the Northern Pacific mainline, and in the 1960's he began chronicling great railroads connecting the mountains and coasts of the Pacific Northwest. Currently, Dale resides in Liberty Lake with his wife and two cats.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Auntie's Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Spokane International Railway Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467102995
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - September 9th, 2019

The last half of the 19th century was typified by tycoons and shrewd railroad barons. A key figure in the development of the Spokane International Railway was James Jerome Hill, or simply Jim Hill. Spokane businessmen regarded Hill as a tyrant and considered his Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads unwelcome monopolies in Northeast Washington and the Idaho Panhandle.