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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Washington State in 1910

In March, 1910, one of the major railroads serving the Pacific Northwest published a booklet called, simply, Washington. The 39-page publication covers all kinds of agricultural and commercial information and was intended to encourage development and draw business to the railroad. The Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Paul Railway published the booklet and we would like share some of it here on the blog. It seemed too much to put the whole book online, but we think you will enjoy some of the photos, especially as we have enlarged them.

What a beautiful mountain before most
of it blew away!


Sample of interior pages

A lot of apples for one tree.

They called it a stick.

Dry Dock in Bremerton, WA

We never knew celery was raised here in King County!

Now that is a lot of Codfish.

FIVE combined harvesters!


Just a sample stick.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Update - Washington Brochure 

We got an offline question ... Why is one of the photos from the Washington Brochure taken in Idaho? Ha ha. Great question. Well, it goes like this:  The railroad that published this booklet was building a line from the central states to the west coast. That line happens to run through northern Idaho. So, we guess they just couldn't resist including that neat logging train in the (next-door) Washington brochure! Thanks for the question. Also, thanks for several very nice comments on this post!


  1. John, these are absolutely wonderful photos. I can only imagine how thrilling it must have been for people from eastern USA to open the brochure and imagine a life of adventure in the west with humungous trees.

  2. Love those pictures, John. The train picture is great, and all those fish!

  3. That is a lot of fish and a lot of hay!

  4. Those old black and white pictures have a certain drama to them which the coloured ones don't have.

  5. Being a recent transplant from Colorado to Washington state, I am learning about my new home by leaps and bounds, thanks to your diligent scanning and explaining. And the lovely thoughtful comments you have been placing on my blogs just makes me incredibly grateful. Thank you! Glad we have discovered each other out her in the Blogosphere. :-)