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PostMon Jul 13, 2020 10:05 am 
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I just discovered that up until the 1920's, there was a logging railroad that came right through my neighborhood in east Woodinville (halfway to Duvall), partly passing straight down the road and partly through a depression in the brush, then continuing along an old trail towards Echo lake and north to Everett.

Anyone know anyplace online where I could find more old maps of this kind of stuff?
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PostMon Jul 13, 2020 12:05 pm 
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The Tacoma Public Library operates a section called the Northwest Room. Its interest is solely around history of the Northwest. You can contact them for help or wade through their collection. https://www.tacomalibrary.org/northwest-room/
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PostMon Jul 13, 2020 1:31 pm 
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https://www.openrailwaymap.org/ has some abandoned railroad lines, like the Everett & Monte Cristo. Maybe it has your railroad route. It's really part of OpenStreetMap, using their data somehow. After a lot of fooling around, I even managed to get the E&MC map onto Gaia, but probably could't repeat that without a few hours time.

For Snohomish County, look at this: https://www.gfhistory.org/Maps.html
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Mike: Thanks for the info from Tacoma (where I grew up). Nice historical touch! (I hated history in school, but as I age, I like it much more!)

Riverside: Great links! This is exactly what I was hoping for. I'm just surprised I didn't find it in my searching. I originally found a faint sketch of the former railroads using OpenStreetMap, but it was on the default layer and not nearly as easy to see. We have a few big 6' wide stumps on our property, and I suspect the trees probably found their way to the saw mill using these logging trains, where one of the spurs passed very near to my home.
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PostSat Jul 18, 2020 9:37 am 
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Dennis Thompsonís book, Logging Railroads in Skagit County, is awesome. I am sure he suffers from OCD. Beautiful maps and photos. He essentially wrote a Ph.D thesis on his own time. There is apparently a network of like minded hobbyists who research this topic.
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$630 for a used paperback version! Looks like a good one to check out from a library (some day...). But it does look like a cool book.
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PostSat Jul 18, 2020 6:02 pm 
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Logging Railroads in Skagit County
Thompson, Dennis Blake

Around $40-50 Easton's has some copies
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