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Join us in the Readings Gallery for this presentation of local railroad history by two of our favorite historians.
This is the story of the early railroads in Whatcom County. Four transcontinental railroads would eventually serve Whatcom County but before these large railroads reached Whatcom County, four small railroads were incorporated in the county, the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia, the Bellingham Bay Railroad and Navigation Company, the Fairhaven & Southern and the Bellingham Bay & Eastern Railroad. This is not just the story of the building of these railroads, but includes the politics and real estate speculation involved as the major transcontinental railroads moved westward. And, we share how the railroads impacted the communities that they served.
William Rink is a member of the Great Northern Historical Society and is a founding member of the Bellingham Railway Museum. Rink served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President from 2003 to 2011.
Karl Kleeman's grandfather worked for the railroad and Karl is a former member of the East Carolina Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. A member of the National Model Railroad Association, he retired to Bellingham, WA in 2002. He is a member of the Bellingham Society of Model Railroad Engineers and a founding member of the Bellingham Railway Museum and has served on Board of Directors and as President.
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