Saturday, June 6, 2015
A Trip to Washington State
The train in this post card belonged to the Great Northern Railway. It is going over the same bridge - maybe it has been upgraded - as the train in the picture above. They are both going over the bridge over Deception Falls, very close to where the golden spike of the most northern transcontinental railroad in the United States was driven. This is a description of Deception Falls I found on line:
"Lining the busy Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks, a block south of US-2, Skykomish is a quirky and engaging place that seems to belong somewhere else, some long time ago. Around eight miles east of Skykomish, a well-marked turnout along US-2 gives access to one of the region’s prettiest and most historically significant sites. On the north side of the highway, the parking area’s interpretive exhibits tell the story of the Great Northern Railroad, the transcontinental railroad which was completed on this spot in 1893. A plaque displays a photograph showing the driving of the traditional golden spike, while other exhibits discuss the construction and importance of the railroad in the growth of Puget Sound. If you’re not interested in railroad lore, head along the 100-yard-long paved trail that loops back under the highway to the powerful cascade of Deception Falls. Deception Creek crashes down a few steps, then glides over smooth rock under the highway and ends in a square, misty plunge before emptying into the Tye River. If you can stand the usually bone-chilling snowmelt, you’ll be pleased to find a number of deep and clean swimming holes in the area." The Falls are just over ½ mile long.
On the back of the post card it tells us that it was published by the Lowman & Hanford Company. The Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City refers to them as the Lowman & Hanford Stationery & Printing Co. They were a "publisher of books, greeting cards, and view-cards depicting scenes from Washington State and Alaska."