Synopses & Reviews
Before the rails were up and running along the stunning Columbia River landscape of Oregon and Washington, 19th-century westward travelers faced treacherous conditions. Many emigrants perished before reaching Oregon Territory. Only recently have railways bridged the wide gap formed millions of years ago. Today the gorge remains the major commercial route through the Cascades, and the tracks are a shining example of human engineering and a mecca for rail enthusiasts.
About the Author
Author D.C. Jesse Burkhardt is the editor of the White Salmon Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in White Salmon, Washington, and has published three previous books on Pacific Northwest railroads. In Railroads of the Columbia River Gorge, Burkhardt takes us on an unforgettable journey through nearly 200 archival photographs of the region's first steam locomotives, wrecks, floods, snowstorms, and the entrepreneurs who changed the landscape.