“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bonners Ferry in Boundary County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Railroad Services

Railroad Services Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 8, 2018
1. Railroad Services Marker
Captions: (top to bottom) Leonia depot; Passenger car; Sunday fun; Sinclair Post Office; Apple orchard along Kootenai Valley Railway; Mail bag pole; Sacks of grain; Continental mine.
Inscription.  Railroads brought many changes to rural life, providing access to roadless areas. Depots were built in towns like Leonia, Meadow Creek, and Addie. Passenger cars carried people comfortably on business and pleasure trips, dramatically reducing travel time. Local residents packed picnic lunches to enjoy on Sunday rail excursions.
Trains also provided mail service. Post offices opened, sometimes located in homes or mercantile. Trains picked up mail at regular stops or used the "on-the-fly" method of catching a mail bag with a hook from a stationary pole beside the track. At the same time, the railroad crew tossed the incoming mail bags from the train.
The railroad boosted domestic trade by transporting local fruit, grain, and dairy products. The locals sent their milk and cream cans into town on rails and retrieved their empty cans on the return trip. Trains hauled logs from logging operations to local mills and delivered finished lumber to markets. Ore concentrates from the Continental Mine were delivered to the valley and then carried by the railroads to distant smelters.
Eventually the rails of the KVRR were abandoned, but two lines
Railroad Services Marker, beside the entrance image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 8, 2018
2. Railroad Services Marker, beside the entrance
continue to operate. Many of the places along the railroad have faded away, leaving only memories of the days when railroads helped settle and develop the area.
Erected 2009 by Boundary County Historical Society.
Location. 48° 41.861′ N, 116° 18.693′ W. Marker is in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, in Boundary County. Marker can be reached from Main Street near Riverside Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7229 Main Street, Bonners Ferry ID 83805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad Laborers (here, next to this marker); Spokane International Railway (here, next to this marker); Kootenai Valley Railway (here, next to this marker); Logging Railroads (here, next to this marker); Great Northern Railway 1892 (here, next to this marker); A Town is Born Along the Way (here, next to this marker); Semaphores (here, next to this marker); Pelton Wheel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bonners Ferry.
More about this marker. This marker is located on the backside of the building at 7229 Main Street near the entrance to the Boundary County Museum.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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