It owned a subsidiary, the Winchester & Craig Junction Railroad. Eagle Rock Railroad Historical Society Deriving its name from the historical townsite of Idaho Falls, the Eagle Rock Railroad Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of railroading in Southeast Idaho and the surrounding areas through the use of model railroading and historical displays. Kuna History Center 329 Main Street Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm or by appointment P.O. Some Idaho maps years have cities, railroads, P.O. A historical sign in the area summarizes Burke's history: A feller-buncher can reach into a stand, grip a tree and fell it in one motion. According to the CPR’s history, a 999-year agreement between the UP and NP, signed in September 1909, ended years of fighting about railroad rights in Idaho’s heartland. By 1925, Humbird employed an average of 1,300 men, providing a big chunk of employment for the area. Norida Land & Timber Company:  Its operations were situated near Sandpoint with 2 locomotives operating from 1935-1938. "A History of Railroads in Idaho." Today, 15 to 20 percent of the county workforce is employed by sawmills and other forestry jobs. Hutchins Brothers Lumber Company:   This company had a mill near Pierce and operated a 12-mile network. In March 1903 this company merged withthe Weyerhaeuser interests to form the Potlatch Lumber Company. Postal Service soon established a mail drop along the railroad In the early days of the logging industry, trees were cut near waterways, so the logs could be transported downstream to the mill (log drives). V.C. McGoldrick Lumber Company:  This company was located in Benewah County with a large network of 35 miles along with 3 geared and 1 standard locomotive. 1830 : The B&O inaugurates the first regularly scheduled passenger trains in the United States -- coaches hauled by horses for a distance of 13 miles. Troy was settled primarily by Scandanavian immigrants in the late 1800's. One early sawmill was located across from the Old Penitentiary on Warm Springs Ave. The website contains everything from historic (fallen flags) to contemporary (Class I's, regionals, short lines, and even some museums/tourist lines) rosters, locomotive production information, technical data, all notable models cataloged by the five major builders (American Locomotive, Electro-Motive, General Electric, Fairbanks-Morse, and Baldwin), and much more. Frank Steunenberg, former Idaho governor started a project at the turn of the century to bring Wisconsin and Minnesota lumbermen over to Boise forests. Just type in a town or city and click on the timeline of maps at the bottom of the page! C.W. The history of logging in Northern Idaho stretches back to 1880, when Robert Weeks opened a general store. Matt, One other thing about the woodframe "freight" depot... according to Sanborn maps, it was moved about one block east from its original location in the early 1900s. Men on the boats were known as river pigs. Coeur d’Alene was also a major site for flumes. At that time, the original freight room was apparently razed and a new freight house was built just to the west of the two-story portion of the depot. Lewiston, Idaho, at the confluence of the Snake & Clearwater Rivers, was already a significant community of almost 1000 people in the late 1800's. Wes Barris's SteamLocomotive.com is simply the best web resource in the study of steam locomotives. I've heard that story about Lewiston building a depot numerous times, but I've never been able to figure out where it was, but I do know that it was not the depot in your photo. Additionally, the NP was at a disadvantage for hauling its traffic off the Camas Prairie and out of Lewiston as it had to ascend a steep and twisty route on its way to Spokane before traffic got to the transcontinental mainline. It operates on 120 miles of former Union Pacific branch lines, and is a subsidiary of the Rio Grande Pacific Corp., based in Fort Worth, Texas. Pacific Coast lumber arrived on the east coast and traveled as far inland as Cleveland, leaving a small market for Idaho lumber. A compromise was struck in 1908, whereby a separate operating company would operate the line from Lewiston to Grangeville on the Camas Prairie and the line from Lewiston to Texas City. CLOSED FOR 2017! Box 84 Kuna, Idaho 83634 Contact: Dave Lyon It owned a single locomotive and operated 15 miles of trackage. Hallack & Howard Lumber Company:  Located in the Cascade region it operated 10 miles of track with 2 geared locomotives from 1927-1938. (Unpublished Master of Arts Thesis, University of Idaho) 1969. Both the NP & O-WR&N would supply the locomotives, rolling stock, employees, maintenance   equipment, etc. A scenic ride on the big Thunder Mountain Railroad will provide a memorable outing that the entire family will enjoy. When it reopened, the mill employed 500 men and had a cutting capacity of 180,000 board feet every 24 hours. Lumberjacks were picked out from the crowd by the way they dressed: wearing flannel over long underwear with logging jeans and suspenders. But to be effective in preserving Idaho’s rich history requires strong partnerships. It owned two subsidiaries, the Lake Railway & Lumber Company and Boise, Nampa & Owyhee Railroad. GRNW filed on July 14, 2004 to abandon 27.5 miles of railway between Konkolville and Revling, ID. This article is quoted from: An Illustrated history of North Idaho : embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, State of Idaho - Pg. Cowger & Sons:  Located in the Southwick area, with 14 miles of railroad in service from 1934-1943. Perhaps this is what happened in 1908. Another early railroad, John Stevens's 1830 Camden & Amboy Railroad and Transportation Company, was built to carry-passengers and freight across the neck of New Jersey separating the Delaware River from New York Harbor. Rapid Lightning Road (Sandpoint) was one of the former railroad beds used by Humbird. In less than 4 days, we explored many historical railroad and logging sites, including dozens of abandoned tunnels and bridges in addition to logging camps and abandoned donkeys and even another abandoned "steam locomotive in the woods". Inland Empire Paper Company:   Its mill was near Athol and it owned 15 miles of trackage with 1 geared and 2 standard locomotives. When Congress created Idaho Territory in 1863, the new territory sprawled across an area one-quarter larger than Texas. We recognize the critical need many of our partners have in funding the projects they undertake to preserve Idaho’s history and culture. With the permission of Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS), who owns the original photo that is from the Clifford Peake collect, the Adams County Historical is able to offer this beautiful photo of the depot for sale. Alas, in 2013 the site closed by thankfully Don Strack rescued the data and transferred it over to his. The Kootenai and Sandpoint Mill were connected by railroad. Their water level route was completed in 1907. The invention of the feller-buncher sped up the process even more. At its highest point, in 1926, the ten counties of Northern Idaho produced 950,000,000 board feet of timber, dipping down to 200,000,000 in 1932. Humbird Lumber Company bought the Sandpoint Lumber Company on December 21, 1900. These 640 acres were supposed to last a generation, with new growth for the next generation. Rail operations lasted from 1907 to 1931. Gradually as the area was The Lewiston Mill received half of its timber through rail lines and half by river until 1971 when the Dworshak Dam was completed, cutting off access from North Fork to Lewiston. The portion of Idaho County appears to have been in the Salmon River drainage. Lewis Lumber Company (owned 2 geared locomotives), which owned 15 miles of trackage as well as its subsidiary, the Ida & Northwestern Railroad (30 miles; owned 2 geared and one standard rod locomotive). Few people realize that some of the most magnificent train trestles in the world are located right here in Idaho as part of the beautiful and historic Camas Prairie Railroad. The NP built a branch line from a junction point near Lewiston, up the Clearwater River 76 miles to Stites. A flume had three stations: the first required logging crew fed logs onto the flume, the second was at various stages along the flume where jams could occur (runners watched for jams), and the third stations required laborers to unload logs at the end of the flume. So why does the Camas Prairie Railroad exist? It's a Micro size geocache, with difficulty of 1, terrain of 1.5. Branson Lumber Company:  Operated in the Mashburn area with 2 miles of trackage from 1915 to 1916. A popular pastime for many is studying and/or exploring abandoned rights-of-way. History of Valley County. History: Began operation of the former Camas Prairie RailNet under Watco ownership as Great Northwest Railroad on March 4, 2004. Sandpoint was known as the largest shipper of cedar poles and pilings in the Northwest, and North Idaho provided much of the central United States with lumber. Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway (WI&M) The Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway was created in 1905 by the Potlatch Lumber Company, which itself had been created only two years earlier with the purpose of logging over 100,000 acres of timber in northern Idaho. The line served many towns along the river that added addition timber and grain traffic. It operated from 1909 to 1939 although not continuously. A little historical context, for those who don't already know, follows to give you an idea of where I am headed with my railroad model... Washington's "Inland Empire" consists of roughly the eastern third of Washington. The first motorized saws entered the logging world in the 1940s but these machines were heavy and less efficient than the crosscut. The officers inthis company were William Deary, Henry Turrish, and William Laird. A Greek railroad worker suggested "Troy," the name of "the most illustrious city in the world" and backed it with an offer of a drink of whiskey for everyone who would vote to … With the NP reaching Lewiston by rail, the O-WR&N built a line from its original Spokane mainline station of Texas City (later Riparia) to Lewiston. There wasmuch valuable timber near Bovill, Idaho, and in 1905 the lumber company decidedto abandon its P… A combination of issues contributed to Barber Mill shutting its doors in 1908, but the Barber Lumber Company didn’t give up. Logging trucks pulling two-wheel, single axle trailers loaded with logs drove through the town or stopped at the landing site where logs were loaded onto boxcars. The Log Drive incorporated a 90 mile stretch from North Fork to Lewiston - where the Clearwater River joins the Snake River. Smith Lumber Company:  Located near Kilgore it owned 10 miles of trackage operating from 1951-1953. After that year, the rivermen used cedar rafts with a cookhouse and bunkhouse on top to follow the logs down the river. Twelve foot pike poles were used to prod and pull the logs out of snags and sometimes dynamite was used to break up jams. Downer Brothers Company:  Located in the Prairie region, operated 1 mile of trackage from 1953-1954. Ida & Washington Northern Railroad:   The I&WN began operations in 1907 and owned 113 miles of track and 14 locomotives connecting with with Coeur d'Alene. Around the same time (early 1880s), other small mills sprang up around Rathdrum, just north of Coeur d’Alene. The Northern Pacific had Lewiston to itself for the next several years, with no significant competition. But only a year later, in 1906, Barber realized they would need a railroad to transport logs. Service began in 1909 and lasted until 1930. Author Vince Posted on February 5, 2017 February 18, 2017 Categories Local History Tags Breakheart Pass, Camas Prairie Railroad, Central Idaho, Charle's Bronson, Northern Idaho, Northern Pacific Railroad, Railroad on Stilts, Union Pacific Railroad, Wild Wild West, Wooden Trestles Leave a comment on Railroad on Stilts-Camas Valley Railroad Jim D. @ Jim Davis...Is it possible they built the current depot in the same location? If you are researching active or abandoned corridors you might want to check out the, You will be hard pressed at finding a better online resource regarding diesel locomotives than Craig Rutherford's, Andre Kristopans put together a web page highlighting virtually every unit every out-shopped by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division. It is only known to have been in operation circa 1947, likely its last year of service. Its subsidiaries included the Stacks-Gibbs Lumber Company (1914-1918), Winton-Rosenberry Company (it operated 8 miles of track and 2 geared locomotives from 1920-1923), and Rose Lake Lumber Company (owned 8 miles of track and 1 geared locomotive from 1910-1923). Another hit for the Idaho logging market came with the establishment of the Boise National Forest (1906), which protected these forested lands from commercial logging. The area known as Laird is in the upper left-hand corner of the map, where the WI&M railroad buildings are. Hope you do too. While no railroad ever connected Idaho north and south, at the turn of the century, the plaintive whistle of steam locomotives could be heard all through the timbered mountains of central Idaho. Smith Creek Lumber Company:  This company was located near Prairie and operated 44 miles of trackage. Craig Mountain Lumber Company:  This logging operation was located in the Winchester area and operated 30 miles of railroad with 5 locomotives from 1910-1951. Browse maps, pictures and histories of abandoned railroad lines in the state of Idaho. Finally, a joint venture built 150 miles of tracks and lines from Lewiston and other area were connected to tracks stretching through Grangeville and Stites. G.A. In the first half of the 20th century, logging was one of the few ways to make a decent living in North Idaho. It originally began as the Potlatch Lumber Company which began in 1907. I. The company bought a sawmill in Kootenai in 1903. In addition, Rose Lake owned the Hoo Hoo Lumber Company and its Hoo Hoo Railroad. It also owned a subsidiary, the Shoshone & Clearwater Railway near St. Maries with 3 miles of track in service from 1917-1920. Service began in 1909 and lasted until 1930. The Historic Pacific & Idaho Northern (P&IN) Railway Depot Presented by the Adams County Historical Society New Meadows, ID email: [email protected] For Newsletter and latest announcements please scroll down to Post Falls Lumber & Manufacturing Company:  Operations were based in Coeur d'Alene and operating from roughly 1912 to 1915. It likely has minor errors as it remains under construction and awaits TIGER Review to be completed. Gamble, Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Co and Village Museum 501 E. First St, Emmett, Idaho 83617 - email: Gem County Museum - Phone: 208-365-9530 Subject: Camas Prairie Railroad, Lewiston terminal area, Downtown Lewiston, East Lewiston Yard, PFI Mill & Forebay, Stencil on the side of a BN caboose at East Lewiston. Rocky Mountains of Idaho/Montana Boarder during the weekend of August 27-30, 2004. With 67 miles of track in service and 3 geared as well as 3 standard locomotives, service began in 1906 and still operates today. Burke, Idaho was famous for being built in an impossibly narrow valley for a town site. The Idaho Hotel is as it was 100 years ago with a few modern amenities. Idaho State Historical Society. Logging and sawmills were another source of traffic that rapidly increased in the early years of the 20th century. If you are researching anything EMD related please visit this page first. A popular pastime for many is studying and/or exploring abandoned rights-of-way. Visitors to Sandpoint could tell immediately that it was a timber town. They used special shoes called caulk (“cork”) boots that had thick rubber soles and spikes called caulks that helped them keep their balance on the logs. It remained in operation from 1921-1945. GRNW filed on July 14, 2004 to abandon 27.5 miles of railway between Konkolville and Revling, ID. Additionally, with one or two other railroads to compete with, the railroads were struggling to earn return on the many lines they had built. By 1893, the Northern Pacific Railway had extended one of their eastern Washington lines as far south as Genesee, Idaho, about 15 miles north of Lewiston, but had been unable to survey a successful route into Lewiston. Diamond Match Company:  Located in the Sandpoint region, the company owned 17 miles of trackage and 3 locomotives with a subsidiary known as the Burnt Creek Railroad. Four companies of … Mountain Lumber Company:  Located in the Wallace area with 11 miles of track and 1 geared locomotive. Idaho State Rail Plandisplays wider-zoomed rail maps by Idaho's Department of Transportation, though this w… This was the first year that the forest became known as “the greatest source of wealth” for the area (History of Bonner County) - the forest is still considered the greatest source of wealth in the area. However, early in the 1930s, as the market became depressed, the company started taking huge losses, which led to the closing of Barber Mill in 1934, it was never reopened. Encyclopedia of Western Railroad History: The Mountain States : Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming Hardcover – January 1, 1971 by Donald B. Robertson (Author) 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 ratings One of many stops on the Lewis & Clark expedition 60 years earlier, the city of Lewiston was founded in 1861, and served as the first capitol of the Idaho territory. Specs: HO scale, single level, flex track and hand laid switches, DCC, Layout Update: Working on the Milwaukee Yard in Spokane, THE MERIDIAN SPEEDWAY - Meridian Speedway Home Page, Built in 1908, the Lewiston depot served as the Camas Prairie Railroad's headquarters into the early 1980's This image was taken in 1975, photographer unknown, An aerial view of the Clearwater mill about 1950...An NP 0-6-0 is in the foreground switching the paper mill. In 2019, Union Pacific donated more than $207,000 to Idaho charitable organizations, such as the Mecham Lumber Company:  Located in the Soda Springs area with 4 miles of track and 1 locomotive. Logging technology advanced, giving way to chainsaws and harvesting machines that made the process go much faster. Five years later, rails reached a downtown depot on Tenth Street. In 1998 a gentleman by the name of Andre Kristopans put together a web page highlighting virtually every unit every out-shopped by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division. Serving the agriculturally diverse areas along the … Brown Timber Company:  Located near Naples with 1 mile of trackage. At the turn of the 20th century, forest resources surpassed mining in economic importance, but Idaho’s timber statute made it difficult for companies to acquire land for logging farms. Lewiston Lumber Company:  Operated a mill near Orofino with 6 miles of track and 1 geared locomotive beginning service in 1908. MacGillis-Gibbs Lumber Company:  Operated a mill in the Clark Fork region with 4 miles of track from 1911 to 1913. Even with the major fires of 1910 and 1919 - which destroyed tons of timber acreage - there was still an abundant supply of timber to harvest and sell. Today with nearly 270 mainline miles, the Eastern Idaho Railroad is one of the largest single short line spinoffs in UP history. The Idaho State Historical Society serves the history needs of the entire state. Destination was often a river or pond but could also empty onto metal rollers that moved the logs to a loading platform for railroad cars. Dollar Logging Company:   Based around Wallace the company's railroad was in service from 1913-1915. One of many stops on the Lewis & Clark expedition 60 years earlier, the city of The statute had been created to help individuals acquire family-sized farms; the general theory was that a family would have a 640-acre forest to harvest and process. Later still rubber pontoons were used to carry a cookhouse and two bunkhouses. The Barber Mill, located six miles north of Boise, played a huge role in the development of a lumber railroad. The subsidiary would be an operating company only, taking care of both railroads interests as well as the shippers locally. They also had to look out for pitch seams on the tree; pitch would dull the saw and slow down the felling process dramatically. Some Idaho Railroad History A nice, simple blog entry this time but we like it. It's better not to read anything from that book since so much of it is incorrect... @ Jim Davis...I thought the NP depot off 5th st was the one built in 1908. The Clearwater Log Drives lasted around 21 days from the time the crew went to work chopping trees to the time the logs were unloaded in Lewiston. A highly recommended database! The mining towns around Boise supported a large lumber market, particularly in towns like Idaho City, Placerville, Centerville, Atlanta, etc, but the mountainous terrain, and lack of railroads made lumber transportation outside of the mountains difficult. We recognize the critical need many of our partners have in funding the Potter Lumber Company:  This operation was based near Kooskia and owned 7 miles of trackage operating between 1937-1947. T.H. Many were pulled up in the 1970's and 1980's although others were removed long before that. Clearwater Timber merged with two other local companies several years later to form Potlatch Forest Industries. The NP was well under way, and in the process of building its line up the famed Lapwai Creek canyon, when the O-WR&N announced its plan to also build a line to the Camas Prairie. This prompted the O-WR&N (now Union Pacific) and Northern Pacific to build a line from Orofino, on the Stites branch, to Clearwater Timber's logging camps based in Headquarters, Idaho. Idaho railroads date back to 1871 when the Utah Northern was chartered to build a line from the Union Pacific's main line at Ogden, Utah, north through Idaho and, hopefully, into Montana. It is difficult to truly articulate just how much material can be found at this website. The Idaho State Archives (ISA) and Research Center provides public access to records of fiscal, administrative, legal, vital and long-term research value to the citizens and government of Idaho. The center of activity began to move closer to the railroad as the trading center. In 1912, the Boise Valley Loop was completed, allowing passengers to ride the 70-mile loop between Boise and Caldwell. The St. Maries area was an important white pine logging area. Axes and handsaws were used to chop down trees, while wood or iron wedges were used to help guide the tree as it fell. The CMRR also had several different owners including the Craig Mountain Lumber Company (1910-1951), Hallack & Howard Lumber Company (1951-1960), and the Boise-Cascade Corporation (1960-1965). The Dover Mill closed in 1928. L.J. During the period which the NP was in Lewiston on its own, it started to build branch lines to reach the towns along the Clearwater River. Beardmore:  Located in the Priest River region with operations beginning circa 1918. O-WR&N had its water level route and a better way out of the Snake River Valley. The company had originally intended to transport the logs with log drives down More’s and Grime’s creeks, but they soon realized the creeks would not support log drives. It owned 4 geared and one standard locomotive, operating from 1911-1928. According to the CPR’s history, a 999-year agreement between the UP and NP, signed in September 1909, ended years of fighting about railroad rights in Idaho’s heartland. UNION PACIFIC IN IDAHO Union Pacific proudly supports Idaho nonprofit organizations through its Community Ties Giving Program. locations, township outlines, and other features useful to the Idaho researcher. Blackwell also later acquired the B.R. Diesel or kerosene was used to dissolve the pitch on the saw. The Boise Valley Railroad (BVRR) began operations in November 2009. It remained in service from 1918 to 1940. Idaho has a Rich and Fascinating History When Congress created Idaho Territory in 1863, the new territory sprawled across an area one-quarter larger than Texas. Logs that outran the water could cause overflows and severe jams. Arizona's Few, But Interesting, Logging Railroads, California's Fabled Logging OperationsA Study Of Colorado's Logging Lines, A History Of Montana's Many Logging Lines, New Mexico, Logging In "The Land Of Enchantment". Each log drive had millions of board feet and workers worked 15 hours a day to keep logs flowing down the river. The attorneys were successful, and large sawmill operations sprang up around Boise and Coeur d’Alene anticipating a demand for high quality white pine in millions of board feet. Milwaukee Land Company:  Operated in the St. Joe region with 9 miles of track and 2 geared locomotives between 1913-1920. Most historical maps of Idaho were published in atlases and spans over 150 years of growth for the state.. Although not in continuous service it operated from 1904 to 1930 and was originally narrow-gauge before its later conversion to 4 feet, 8 1/2 inches. They kept pushing for the construction of the Intermountain Railway and a lower price on the land they wanted to purchase. In 1917, Valley County was created by the Idaho State legislature. CLOSED FOR 2017! Historical Photos of Sandpoint, Idaho and Surrounding Areas Bonner County History Museum - (208) 263-2344. This is an early wiki for railroads in Idaho, both freight and passenger. Additionally, with one or two other railroads to compete with, the railroads were struggling to earn return on the many lines they had built. Further arguments took the case to the Idaho Supreme Court, where the sale of timber AND land was upheld, as long as the Barber Company would build a rail line, enhancing the value of the other state lands. Another method used to transport logs from the hills to the nearest waterway, were log flumes. ~ Many thanks to Andy Lawrence, Marina Rose, and the folks at Wood Splitters Direct for the in-depth history of Idaho's logging industry featured above. 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