Vintage Old Style Porcelain Sign Great Northern Railway Railroad Heavy Steel Mt

Vintage Old Style Porcelain Sign Great Northern Railway Railroad Heavy Steel Mint

Zephyr Porcelain on Steel Sign
Size: 9 5/16 in Round The Great Northern Railway (reporting mark GN), running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington—more than 1,700 miles (2,736 km)—was the creation of the 19th century railroad tycoon James J. Hill and was developed from the Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad. The Great Northern's route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the United States. It was completed on January 6, 1893, at Scenic, Washington. The Great Northern was the only privately funded, and successfully built, transcontinental railroad in United States history. No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike every other transcontinental railroad; according to Hill, his railway was built "without any government aid, even the right of way, through hundreds of miles of public lands, being paid for in cash".[1] Consequently, it was one of the few transcontinental railroads to avoid receivership following the Panic of 1893. The Great Northern Railway fell victim to the deadliest avalanche in United States history, at the site of the now non-existent town of Wellington, Washington (later renamed, due to the disaster, to Tye, Washington). At the end of 1967, GN operated 8282 route-miles,
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