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Railroads impact on Washington

Railroads impact on Washington



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Is a really long paper on how railroads impacted the state of washington and made it into what it is today.
Is a really long paper on how railroads impacted the state of washington and made it into what it is today.

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Published by: Cesal on May 20, 2008
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Railroads impact onWashington
And the Northwest
Andrew Cesal – Period 3
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Social Affect of RailroadsThe Northern Pacific Railroad and the Great Northern railroads help to create smalltowns called “railroad camps”. These camps made social life boom. Thomas Burke was anattorney for the Great Northern Railroad in the 1890’s and one of the first lawyers to establishrailroads, harbors and utilities for the Puget Sound area. The first proposal of a nationaltranscontinental railroad was thought of in 1845. With the development of the transcontinentalrailroad new workers were imported from China to lay track and mine coal. After years of respect towards the Chinese (workers), Americans started to resent them because of economicdownfalls and eventually rioted in the 1880’s across the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. After theseriots several laws were created across the West coast to keep control over immigration.Initially, Washington was a state that welcomed freed men and runaway slaves. Alongsidethe Chinese, African Americans also helped to build railroads and mine. The state would later  begin to ban African Americans due to new labor movements.With the recent creation of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Great NorthernRailroads, more and more small towns began construction in Washington. With these smalltowns brought more people, like the Chinese and African American worker. DuringWashington’s 1889 constitutional convention, the new railroads were a serious discussion:delegates worried about the monopoly power they had. The delegates forbid their governmentfrom subsidizing railroads.With the help of woman voters, Teddy Roosevelt would become President, which in turnwould lead to regulations on railroads.Railroads Affect History
The affects the railroad had on Washington alone were great. Whole towns were createddue in part to the railroads. Spokane, for example, was a central hub for Railroads on their wayfarther West. The city of Shoreline boomed with the introduction of railroads. The Great Northern Railroad, running from Seattle to Minnesota, opened up a direct link from Shoreline toSeattle after the portion through shoreline was created in 1891. The Interurban, a small electricrailway between Everett and Tacoma created in 1910, was the prime mode of transportation for Shoreline residents. Some areas depended on the railroads: their location, creation, and fate weresolely based on railroads, one these areas are Adams County.Cities like Twin Well, Providence, Lind, Paha, Ritzville, Keystone, Washtucna, Hooper,Benge,
and Lantz were all created to occupy railroad workers. Businesses likechurches, schools, hotels, post offices, etc. were created along with thetowns. In 1907 the town of Othello was created as a railway division for theChicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroads. Trains would later comethrough Othello to re-ice their cars.
Many cities in the state of Washington were created just to occupy railroad travelers,workers, and trains themselves. Without the creation of railroads such as the Great Northern and Northern Pacific, Washington would cease to exist today, this State depended on them that muchfor social growth.A ffect of Railroads on PoliticsThe Political aspects that the railroads brought about were often dramatic.

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