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William Rink and Karl Kleeman, Early Railroads of Whatcom County

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Sat, 12/14/2019 - 7:00pm
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1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

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Join us in the Readings Gallery for this presentation of local railroad history by two of our favorite historians.

Speculation in the late 1800’s leads to local railroad construction and national takeovers. A detailed account of the early railroads in Whatcom County, Washington Territory. Rumors abounded, and large amounts of money were at stake. Real-estate risk-takers could make and lose fortunes overnight. Editors and reporters of the time tried to guess just where the railroads would go and what might be the “terminus city” for each of the national transcontinental lines. For those who are intrigued with history we invite you to enjoy the story, the people, and the high-stakes game that heralded the coming of the railroads to the Pacific Northwest. The book includes a DVD movie on the early railroads by Lanny Little.

William Rink was born in Encino, California in 1962. He lived in Ventura County California before moving his family and business to Bellingham in 1998. He 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 was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1942. His 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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