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.