“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Mullan in Shoshone County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Willow Creek Slide

Willow Creek Slide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, June 1, 2015
1. Willow Creek Slide Marker
Inscription. A spectacular avalanche, Feb. 10, 1903, swept away part of a trestle—300 feet high—that let Northern Pacific Railway trains descend from this pass since 1890.

An engine that plunged 80 feet was buried in 30 feet of snow; a passenger car dangled over open space; and a caboose with 8 people dropped into a deep snowbank. Miraculously, everyone aboard survived that terror-stricken trip. But a new, less hazardous route replaced that trestle route.
Erected by Idaho Transportation Department. Text prepared by the Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 373.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 47° 27.633′ N, 115° 44.14′ W. Marker is near Mullan, Idaho, in Shoshone County. Marker is on Interstate 90 7.9 miles east of Exit 69 at Mullan, on the right. Click for map. It is at a Historical Site pull-off with plenty of parking, accessible only from the eastbound lanes. Exit 69 is the last exit in Idaho before you enter Montana. Marker is in this post office area: Mullan ID 83846, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lead-Silver Mines (here, next to this marker);
Willow Creek Slide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, June 1, 2015
2. Willow Creek Slide Marker
The trestle crossed left to right here.
History of Lookout Pass (approx. 1.8 miles away); Rough & Tumble Camps (approx. 6.4 miles away); Beast of the Bitterroots (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Trail Follows the Trains (approx. 6.5 miles away in Montana); St. Paul Pass Tunnel (approx. 6.5 miles away in Montana); The Route of the Hiawatha (approx. 6.5 miles away in Montana); The Wickedest City (approx. 6.5 miles away in Montana). Click for a list of all markers in Mullan.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Northern Pacific Railway. “The Northern Pacific Railway was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States from Minnesota to the Pacific Coast. It was approved by Congress in 1864 and given nearly 40 million acres of land grants, which it used to raise money in Europe for construction. Construction began in 1870 and the main line opened all the way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific when former president Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final ‘golden spike’ in western Montana on Sept. 8, 1883. The railroad had about 6800 miles of track and served a large area, including extensive trackage in the states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition the company had an international branch to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main activities were shipping wheat and other farm products, cattle, timber and minerals; bringing in consumer goods, transporting passengers; and selling land. ... The North Coast Limited was a famous passenger train operated by the Northern Pacific between Chicago and Seattle via Butte, Montana and Homestake Pass.” (Submitted on December 11, 2015.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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