The Dalles to Friend

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The Great Southern Railroad

The Great Southern Railroad was first built in 1905, and connected The Dalles (on the Oregon-Washington Railroad, Union Pacific today) to Dufur, along 15-mile creek. The line was extended Friend, on Pine Creek, in 1913.

The railroad struggled financially for most of its existence, with final abandonment coming in 1936.

The three big cuts between The Dalles and Dufur are still evident along Fifteen Mile Creek along with some concrete abridge abutments. There was an extension beyond Friend for logging. I have copies of construction pictures of a large trestle over Jordan Creek and the footings remain 2015.

Kenn Lantz
Clackamas, OR
9/27/2015

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Author Walt Grande had many slides of the Great Southern. His wife donated, and I delivered them, to the Wasco County museum at The Dalles where they can be researched. The expert on the line is Jerry Tanquist who is associated with the museum and lives on the old RR line along Fifteen Mile Creek.

Kenn Lantz
Clackamas, OR
9/27/2015

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