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Railroad allowed towns on Puget Sound to prosper | Taking Stock


My good friend Karla Bowman recently gave me a book by Brian Solomon called “North American Railroad Family Trees.” Between that new book and “Orphan Road” by Kurt Armbruster, which I have owned for many years, I have reviewed the railroad history of our region.

A railroad never made it to Mill Creek, but Edmonds and Mukilteo both had depots on the Great Northern Railway. The Great Northern, which reached Puget Sound via Stevens Pass, had built a railroad that connected the Sound with the rest of the country.

The importance of that connection cannot be overstated. Trees cut betwee...

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