Great Northern Railway

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  • The Great Northern Railway (GNR) consisted of both passenger and freight train service across northwestern states between Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Scenic, Washington, near Seattle. Together with associated branch lines, the GNR provided transportation on approximately eight thousand miles of tracks. Wealthy entrepreneur James J. Hill created the GNR to profit from the increasing westward movement of settlers and industries. The GNR transported people, agricultural products, minerals, timber, and mail. Congress discussed issues such as approving right-of-way requests that related to the GNR's operation and its role in the railroad industry.

    In 1879, Hill and several financial partners bought the Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad. They called their acquisition the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railway. Hill hired workers to install steel rails on the previous ...

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