Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Northern Pacific Railway

The Northern Pacific and its various branch and subsidiary lines contributed in large part to the opening of the Northwestern United States. Vast natural resources including minerals and timber were tapped.

Immigrants traveled from around the globe seeking better opportunity and indeed, many fortunes were won by those who barely spoke a word of English upon their arrival in America.

The numerous frontier boom and bust towns which sprang up along the NP and its branch lines remain today as a testament to its importance in America’s history.

The Northern Pacific Railroad opened the opportunity for many to realize the American Dream. As such, its story offers us one of the finest examples of the human spirit to realize that ideal.

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