MARK TWAIN
PORTLAND
August 10, 1895
Centralia had a small Depot which was built in 1880.
I was an engineer that helped design and supervised
the placing of a fiber optic cable on railroad rights-of-way
from Renton to Portland. I know these rails well.
See some of my "ENGINEERING REPORT".

I stood high on the 11th st. bridge a few blocks
south of the N.P.R.R. Office. :)

At Tacoma early this morning Mr. S. E. Moffett, of the San Francisco Examiner, appeared. He is "Mark's" nephew and resembles his uncle very much. On his arrival "Mark" took occasion to blaspheme for a few minutes, that his relative might realize that men are not all alike. He cursed the journey, the fatigues and annoyances, winding up by acknowledging that if everything had been made and arranged by the Almighty for the occasion, it could not have been better or more comfortable, but he "was not travelling for pleasure," etc. They had arrived in Tacoma on the 9th. The ladies remained there while Major Pond and Twain travel to Portland, Oregon..
The Northern Pacific ran from Seattle to Kalama,
where a steam ferry crossed the Columbia River, to Goble.
TWAIN

They reached Portland at 8:22 to find the Marquam Grand
packed with a waiting audience and Standing Room Only signs.
The lecture was a grand success. After it "Mark's" friend,
Colonel Wood, formerly of the United States army, gave a
supper at the Portland Club, where about two dozen of the
leading men were entertained for two hours with "Mark's"
 story-telling.
They will remember that evening, as long as they live.
There is surely but one "Mark Twain."

TWAIN

Twain and Major Pond departed alone on a train bound for Portland where it first crossed the
Nisqually River and turned cross country.

The train soon passed the turn off
that lead to Olympia.

Many miles down the line they
passed through Centralia,
my favorite city on this
 railroad we are following.

The fiber optic cable crossed under the
Columbia River just north of Kalama,
taking the same route to Portland as Twain.

Between 1884 and 1908 travel between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, to Portland, Oregon, depended on a ferry transporting the trains, passenger cars and all, across the Columbia River. The northern tracks headed south from Puget Sound to Kalama, Washington and the southern tracks headed north from Portland to Hunter's Landing, Oregon, and then in 1890, the tracks were completed to Goble. Columbia River Images
On October 9 of 1884 - Northern Pacific puts the world's second largest ferry,
the 338-ft.  Steamboat Kalama (later renamed Tacoma), into service.
The steamer was brought out from New York by the American ship Tillie E. Starbuck, around South America.
Her manifest showing the ferry to consist of 57,159 separate pieces.
 She was put together at Portland and launched May 17th by Smith Brothers & Watson,
and was handled  on her trial trip by Capt. E.W. Spenser.
She was first christened the Kalama but is now known as the Tacoma
.
TWAIN

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Dock of the ferry "Tacoma", which ferried trains across the Columbia River
TO Kalama,  Washington until the first railroad bridge was built in 1908.

This Oregon slip was moved to Goble in 1890. Tacoma could ferry up to 21 box or passenger cars as well as a "road" and a switch engine.
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 Reporter and Clemens, Columbia River Ferry. Portland, Oregon August 10
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Regular service between Kalama and Goble continued from
1890 to 1908, when the Northern Pacific's railroad
 bridge across the Columbia River connected Vancouver,
Washington and points north with Portland."


 Smoke, smoke, smoke! It was not easy to tear ourselves away  from Portland
so early. The Oregonian contains one of the best notices that "Mark" has had.
He is pleased with it, and is very jolly to-day.

We left for Olympia at eleven o'clock, via Northern Pacific Railroad.
Somehow "Mark" seems to grow greater from day to day.

Each time it seemed as though his entertainment had reached perfection, but last night surpassed all. A gentleman on the train, a physician from Portland, said that no man ever left a better impression on a Portland audience; that "Mark Twain," was the theme on the streets and
in all business places. A young reporter for The Oregonian met "Mark," as  he was boarding the train for Olympia, and had probably five minutes'  talk with him. He wrote a two-column interview which "Mark" declared  was the most accurate andthe best that had ever been reported of him.

On the train a bevy of young ladies ventured to introduce themselves to him, and he entertained them all the way to Olympia, where a delegation of leading citizens met us, headed by John Miller Murphy, editor of the oldest paper in Washington. They met us outside the
city, in order that we might enjoy a ride on a new trolley car through the town. As "Mark" stepped from the train, Mr. Miller said:

"Mr. Twain, as chairman of the reception committee, allow me to welcome you to the capital of the youngest and most picturesque State
in the Union. I am sorry the smoke is so dense that you cannot see our mountains and our forests, which are now on fire."

"Mark" said: "I regret to see -- I mean to learn (I can't see, of course, for the smoke) that your magnificent forests are being destroyed by fire. As for the smoke, I do not so much mind. I am accustomed to that. I am a perpetual smoker myself."

They depart Portland at 11 am the next day and travel to Olympia.
They are both back in Tacoma on the 12th and the entire party in Seattle on the 13th.
The Marquam Building was an
eight-story, Romanesque
Revival office  building in Portland,
Oregon, United States.
Named for Philip Augustus Marquam,
the building has been called
Portland's first  skyscraper and first
 modern office building. Opening in 1892,
the Marquam Building  was Portland's
first modern office building.
The Oregonian described the
architecture  as "very imposing."
Another critic  described  it as "rather
gloomy and cheerless,  like so
many of the office structures
designed under  the spell of the
Richardsonian Romanesque.
Demolished in 1913,
 the building was replaced by
the American Bank Building.


Boarding Train in Portland