On August 23, 1905, the Great Northern and North Pacific railroads announce joint incorporation of the Portland & Seattle Railway Company. This links Spokane, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, and provides a straight and relatively level route over the Cascade Range.
This action, part of a great battle between the Union Pacific Railroad on the one hand and the Great Northern and North Pacific railroads on the other, greatly facilitated passage to Seattle from the East.
Carlos A. Schwantes, Railroad Signatures Across the Pacific Northwest (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1993), 144.
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