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Historic Columbia Gorge photos featured in new railroad book

Author to hold signing on Sept. 19

Featuring nearly 200 historic photographs from a diversity of sources, D. C. Jesse Burkhardt's new book, Railroads of the Columbia River Gorge, is a rich and visual celebration of the region's transportation heritage.

The book covers railroads on both sides of the Columbia River, including the Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway, the Mount Hood Railroad, the Klickitat Log & Lumber and Broughton Lumber Co. logging trains, and others. It describes the history of railroads from the 1880s through to the modern era, and offers many photographs from the Bingen-White Salmon area.

Included are rare scenes from the private collections of several local citizens, as well as from the collections of museums and newspapers in the mid-Columbia Gorge region.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, Burkhardt will be signing copies of Railroads of the Columbia River Gorge at the Gorge Heritage Museum, at 202 E. Humboldt in Bingen. The public event is scheduled between 1 p.m.-3 p.m. that day.

The 128-page softcover book sells for $20.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books will go to support the Gorge Heritage Museum.

For more information, call Ruth Winner at the museum, 493-3228.


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