The Little Town That Could: The Railroad in Sandpoint, Idaho 1880-1935

Author(s): Bailey M. Cavender

Year: 2015


This paper investigates the history of Sandpoint, Idaho and the impact that the railroad had on it from the time surveyors for the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1880 until 1935. Sandpoint was not only a stopping point for the Northern Pacific, but for the Great Northern Railway as well. The use of the railroad impacted the course of the United States in a major way. By allowing the easier and often safer transportation of goods and people across the county, the national economy was able to rapidly grow.  Cities and towns increasingly began to use goods from all over the world, not just ones produced locally. More importantly, railroads provided avenues for towns like Sandpoint to grow and prosper. 

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The Little Town That Could: The Railroad in Sandpoint, Idaho 1880-1935. Bailey M. Cavender. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434233)


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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 399