The White Cascade

The White Cascade

The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche

Book - 2007
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The never-before-told story of one of the worst rail disasters in U.S. history in which two trains full of people, trapped high in the Cascade Mountains, are hit by a devastating avalanche
In February 1910, a monstrous blizzard centered on Washington State hit the Northwest, breaking records. The world stopped--but nowhere was the danger more terrifying than near a tiny town called Wellington, perched high in the Cascade Mountains, where a desperate situation evolved minute by minute: two trainloads of cold, hungry passengers and their crews found themselves marooned without escape, their railcars gradually being buried in the rising drifts. For days, an army of the Great Northern Railroad's most dedicated men--led by the line's legendarily courageous superintendent, James O'Neill--worked round-the-clock to rescue the trains. But the storm was unrelenting, and to the passenger's great anxiety, the railcars--their only shelter--were parked precariously on the edge of a steep ravine. As the days passed, food and coal supplies dwindled. Panic and rage set in as snow accumulated deeper and deeper on the cliffs overhanging the trains. Finally, just when escape seemed possible, the unthinkable occurred: the earth shifted and a colossal avalanche tumbled from the high pinnacles, sweeping the trains and their sleeping passengers over the steep slope and down the mountainside.
Centered on the astonishing spectacle of our nation's deadliest avalanche, The White Cascade is the masterfully told story of a supremely dramatic and never-before-documented American tragedy. An adventure saga filled with colorful and engaging history, this is epic narrative storytelling at its finest.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805077056
Call Number: 979.777 K898w
Characteristics: xii, 315 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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Jan 08, 2019

Literally one of the best local history books I've read! And I finally got a chance to actually visit Wellington this past October too! It was fun and exhilarating as it was also sinister and creepy. If I ever get a chance to go again in the future, I'm gonna make sure that I get a group of people to go with me instead of being part of a party of only 2. And next time I'll be better prepared for the hike too.

Jul 03, 2016

We read this nonfiction story about the biggest avalanche and train disaster in U.S. history as a family, and then hiked then hiked the Iron Goat Trail to eXperia nice all the sites referenced in the book. So fun. The thrain tunnel was quite chilling.

Jun 18, 2016

Very interesting was a good read. I learned a lot


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