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Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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The Wellington Avalanche (1910)

During a multi-day blizzard in February 1910, a passenger train and a mail train got stuck in Wellington, Washington, high in the Cascade Mountains. Once the snow finally let up, it changed to rain—with tragic consequences. Early on March 1, an avalanche threw the two trains off the tracks and into a valley below, killing 96 people. It was not the only deadly avalanche in the area that year—one struck British Columbia three days later. How did the disaster change railroading in the Cascades? More...
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Wellington was quietly renamed Tye during October 1910 because of the unpleasant associations of the old name. In the same month, the Great Northern Railway began construction of concrete snow sheds to shelter the nearby tracks. The Wellington depot was closed when the second Cascade Tunnel was completed during 1929. The town was then abandoned and it burned eventually. However, the old track and snow sheds are still there and have been preserved in the Iron Goat Trail, which is accessible easily from U.S. Highway 2 near Stevens Pass or near Scenic, east of Everett.
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Those people on the train in Wellington were there one minute and gone the next. What happens after death--ashes to ashes, dust to dust--this we know for sure. We yearn, like the original Egyptians, for more than nothing but it wishes were horses beggars would ride.
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