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A T ii ih touch arts you r&n ey at (360) The story is still captivating. Throughout the almost five decades after Joseph Pearsall first staked a mining claim deep in the Cascades east of Everett in 1889, "the little trout stream" that stood in the way caused what the authors called "one of the biggest railroad blunders in Northwest history." Chief Engineer M. O. Barlow lis- Monte Cristo's ore to tlae smelters in Everett dismissed Barlow's rec- ommendations as too costly. Had they known how much money the river they dismissed as a "little trout stream" would cost them after repeated storms and floods, they probably would have listened and followed Barlow's preferred route. birth to death. The first chapter recounts the first prospectors' claims that caused Everett's founders to dream of creating a Seattle-sized western railroad terminus. The next chapters tell of the monumental struggles to construct and maintain the rails through the Robe canyons while mining towns modern-day driving tour appen- dix from Granite Falls to Barlow Pass that allows readers to see the setting for themselves. (The driving tour even has odometer readings on its pieto-narrative.) After that, true railroad nerds and gearheads will delight in the three appendices devoted to eqmpment rosters, bridges, and