The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Compiled by Richard Lefever
Klickitat County Historical Museum 

Looking Back:


May 15, 1890

Two passenger trains were sand bound at Grants, from May 7 at midnight until May 8 at six o’clock pm., being 18 hours. All this time our mail express and passengers were at a standstill, and confined to the train by an immense sand storm, the sand being as much as eight feet deep on the track. This alone it seems would be sufficient reason for railroad man Hunt to seek some other route for his railroad than down the Columbia River. By coming through Klickitat County, he would evade these endless and ever moving sand drifts, and run through a fertile and productive country, where he would have no sand drifts or land-slides to contend with, besides tapping an endless supply o...

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