“CHICAGO IN SIX DAYS
How the Railroads Will Handle the Fruit Crop by Fast Train Service over the O.R. & N. Northern Pacific Route – Large Wheat Yield.
Oregonian Aug. 12, 1898: Beginning Thursday, August 18, the O.R. & N. Co. and Northern Pacific will inaugurate a fast fruit train service from Portland to Eastern markets. The train will run over the Oregon company’s line from this city to Wallulu, and thence over the Northern to St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth, Chicago and other points.
The time required to make the trip will approximate 120 hours, from Portland to St Paul and other Eastern termini, and 144 hours from Portland to Chicago. The service is the same as was given by the route last year, and which proved so satisfactory to fruit raisers in the vicinity of Portland and throughout the Willamette valley generally.
The O.R. & N. and Northern Pacific are enabled to give the improved services by the contiguity to their lines of some of the great fruit districts of Oregon and Washington. They can make up solid trains by collections of carload shipments at Wallulu, Spokane, Portland, The Dalles, Walla Walla and Yakima, gathering at the points named the yield of the Walla Walla, Umatilla, Yakima and Willamette valleys, Clark county, Washington and vicinity, the Hood river country and Snake river country and Snake river sections. The rates for the service will be the same as prevail over competing lines. The time consumed in making the run to Chicago and Eastern terminals will be just one day less than at present.” Oregon State Journal, Aug. 20, 1898, pg. 5, col. 4. University of Oregon, Knight Library’s Newspaper Collection.