Historic Hood River
The North Bank Road
I believe this Davidson Collection image shows a passenger train crossing the bridge over the White Salmon River. I think it was taken from the Underwood Ferry landing.
We often talk about the OR&N (now Union Pacific) line which came to Hood River in 1882, but haven’t spent as much time on the North Bank Road. It was constructed between 1905 and 1910 by the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific Railroads, offering connection from Portland to Spokane, and from there to the east coast. It was overseen by James J Hill, whose daughter Mary Francis Hill married Sam Hill, becoming Mary Francis Hill Hill. Hopefully the railroad guys will fill us in on the details.
Tags: Davidson, ferry, locomotive, railroad, train, Underwood, White Salmon River
Photo 2428 shows a long wooden trestle leading up to the bridge. This must be a later photo, when fill has been added.
“The Fallbridge Subdivision is a railway line in southern Washington running about 229.7 miles along the Columbia River from Pasco to Vancouver, then south to Portland, OR. It is operated by BNSF Railway and is considered part of the Northern Transcon..”