Railroad Depot and Docks at Tacoma - c. 1885


Railroad Depot and Docks at Tacoma

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The sidewheeler "Alaska" waits at the Northern Pacific Railroad docks in Tacoma, Washington. The Alaska only ran from 1884 through 1889, and along with its sister ship, the Olympian, was known as one of Henry Villard's "white elephants", due to their inability to operate well in northwest waters. Tacoma was the western terminus of the Northern Pacific lines, and the location of its west end repair facility.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1027
Photographer Unknown
Location Washington State
Subject Depots, Docks and Harbors, Ships and Boats, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.4 x 7.5 inches
Photographer's Number No

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