…Continued from Lewis & Clark Explorer.
The journey begins at Linnton, a small community a few miles northwest of what most people consider Portland. According to the 2000 census, Linnton has a population of 541 people. Linnton was once a separate town, but was incorporated into the city of Portland in 1915. Linnton peaked in the 1920s, but the Great Depression hit the community hard, and it never recovered. In the 1920s, Linnton had three plywood mills, but by 1950 it was down to only one. Highway 30 was widened in 1960, destroying much of the business district, and in 1971 the school and railroad station closed.
I don't have any pictures of the train at Linnton (I always got a late start and just missed it), but I included it here because it is where the train starts.
This part of the railroad from Portland to Goble was built by the Northern Pacific Railway, opening in 1883.
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