The White Cascade

The White Cascade

The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche

Book - 2007 | 1st ed.
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In February 1910, a monstrous blizzard centered on Washington State hit the Northwest, breaking records. Near the tiny town of Wellington, high in the Cascade Mountains, two trainloads of cold, hungry passengers and their crews found their railcars gradually being buried in the rising drifts. For days, an army of the Great Northern Railroad's most dedicated men worked round-the-clock to rescue the trains. But the storm was unrelenting, and to the passenger's great anxiety, the railcars--their only shelter--were parked precariously on the edge of a steep ravine. Food and coal supplies dwindled. Panic and rage set in as snow accumulated on the cliffs overhanging the trains. Finally, just when escape seemed possible, the earth shifted and a colossal avalanche tumbled from the high pinnacles, sweeping the trains and their sleeping passengers over the steep slope and down the mountainside.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805077056
0805077057
9780805083293
Branch Call Number: 979.777 KRIST
Characteristics: xii, 315 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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In February of 1910, an avalanche in Cascade mountains caused one of the most deadly train accidents in American history. An accident that would bring a small depot town into national headlines. Suggested by Isaac H.


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Olgalevin
Jan 08, 2019

Literally one of the best local history books I've read! And I finally got a chance to actually visit Wellington this past October too! It was fun and exhilarating as it was also sinister and creepy. If I ever get a chance to go again in the future, I'm gonna make sure that I get a group of people to go with me instead of being part of a party of only 2. And next time I'll be better prepared for the hike too.

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tikirose
Jul 03, 2016

We read this nonfiction story about the biggest avalanche and train disaster in U.S. history as a family, and then hiked then hiked the Iron Goat Trail to eXperia nice all the sites referenced in the book. So fun. The thrain tunnel was quite chilling.

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Fishpantspeacock
Jun 18, 2016

Very interesting was a good read. I learned a lot

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