Pend Oreille Valley Railroad - Old Town, ID
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 11.139 W 117° 01.832
11U E 497730 N 5336935
Quick Description: In Rotary Park on the Right Bank of the Pend Oreille River in Old Town, ID are two kiosks containing no less than ten historical markers. This sign tells of the small railroad which was saved from abandonment by the communities it serves.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 3/25/2015 2:17:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMNJY3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 1

Long Description:
Pend Oreille Valley Railroad

THREAT OF RAILROAD ABANDONMENT LEADS TO PORT FORMATION

The original rail line between Metaline Falls and Newport, Washington was constructed during the years 1909 to 1911 by Frederick Blackwell and was named the Idaho and Washington Northern (l&WN). In 1913, when Mr. Blackwell was unable to make the interest payments on his construction bonds due to a continued slump in the lumber market and a four-month delay in getting the cement plant operational, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad took over operating the I&WN for a period of two years. On January 25, 1916 the l&WN was sold at auction to the Milwaukee Road. The Milwaukee Road ran the railroad until 1979 when it declared it was no longer economically feasible to keep the line in operation. Rather than abandoning the line, the citizens of Pend Oreille County joined together and voted to create the Port of Pend Oreille to operate the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad (POVA).

The sole purpose of the Port was to save the railroad and the two mills that were dependent upon it for rail service on the northern end of the line. These two companies were Lehigh Portland Cement Company at Metaline Falls and Louisiana Pacific Corporation at lone, Washington. From 1979 until October 1984, the Port leased the rail line to Kyle Railways. In October 1984, the Port began operating the railroad five days per week from Metaline Falls to Newport and return. In 1998 the Port signed a 20-year lease agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad which took this small Port District's railroad operations into the State of Idaho. The Port of Pend Oreille is one of only a few Port Districts within Washington that does not collect a property tax. The main source of revenue for the Port is the operation of the railroad.
From the History Marker

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Marker Name: Pend Oreille Valley Railroad

Marker Type: City

Marker Text:
See Above


County: Bonner

City: Old Town

Date Dedicated: 2008

Group Responsible for Placement: The Rotarians

Web link(s) for additional information:
http://www.povarr.com/info/history.html


Marker Number: Not listed

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