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Kalama and the history of transportation | Taking Stock


Last updated 3/15/2017 at Noon

Kalama, Washington is a contemporary of Mukilteo and Edmonds – older than Edmonds and younger than Mukilteo.

Like most towns of the era, Kalama lived and died by the transportation network and control of county government. Kalama came into being as a railroad camp for the Northern Pacific Railway in 1870.

The Northern Pacific was the second transcontinental railroad. Its existence was authorized by Congress in 1864, during the Civil War. That was five years before the first transcontinental railroad was completed by the "Golden Spike" at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869.

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