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100 years ago in Spokane: Two transportation accidents and a whole lot of paper – The Spokesman-Review


Two transportation accidents in the region made front-page news.

Six men were killed when 40 cars in a westbound Milwaukee Road freight train smashed into a gravel train at Piedmont, Mont.

The 40 empty freight cars somehow broke away from the main train and careened — backward and downhill — into another train that was standing at the station.

Crews were on the scene treating a number of wounded men. The accident disrupted passenger traffic into Spokane and the vicinity because the westbound passenger trains were held at Piedmont.

In the other incident, the Prince Rupert passenger steamer of the Grand Trunk Pacific line struck a rock and sank in Swanson Bay, British Columbia.

Only the pilot house was above the water line.

Fortunately, all of its passengers were rescued before it sank. It was steaming from Vancouver to Prince Rupert when the accident occurred.

From the newsprint beat: The Spokane Daily Chronicle bragged that it took an acre of timber every day to print the newspaper.

That number was derived from the estimate that a cord of wood was needed to create an 1,100-pound roll of newsprint, and an acre of timber produced 18 cords of wood, on average.

The Chronicle claimed that it reached about 200,000 readers every day — despite the fact that the population of Spokane was only 104,437.



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