"Unless there was a railroad going there, there was no there, there"

-Taking great license with Gertrude Stein's
famous quip about her hometown

Click on the arrows to watch the progress of Oregon's common-carrier railroads.

Private Railroads

The great untold story in Oregon's railroad history is the 6,000 miles of private railroads that were used to log the state's virgin forests. As the Oregon Historical Railroads Project expands we'll see the impact private railroads had on the landscape and the socialization that brought us well into the 20th century.


OHRP Pilot Project Results

Click on the right or left arrows to see familiar landmarks in perspective

OHRP Pilot Project Area
in Perspective

  • Yellow lines depict logging railroads
  • Light green line is highway 26
  • Dark green lines denote active common-carrier lines

Click on the right or left arrows to see examples of railroad entries and points-of-interest entries in the project’s database