Archive for April 4th, 2017

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, April 5, 1907

New construction in King County this year will call for thousands of laborers to hasten building

Harriman system must wait for franchise, but St. Paul will start out crews as soon as weather improves

More men will be engaged in new railroad work in King County this year than at any time since the county was organized. The pending railroad construction will be more important than any that has been attempted since James J. Hill brought a competing line into Seattle, for the new lines to engage in construction work this summer are real competitors of the systems already here.

As soon as the snow goes off in the mountains every man that can be picked up for railroad work will be hurried into the foothills to push the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul grades up toward the summit of Snoqualmie Pass.

The St. Paul will have thousands of men scattered from the King-Pierce line on the south, working toward Black River; taking up the work again at Maple Valley, where the road leaves the Columbia & Puget Sound tracks, and carrying it on to the Kittitas County line in Snoqualmie Pass. (more…)

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