Seattle's first Union Pacific train steams into town on January 1, 1910.

  • By Heather M. MacIntosh
  • Posted 2/22/1999
  • Essay 932
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On New Year's Day, 1910, Seattle's first Union Pacific train steams into town, stopping at a temporary station at Railroad Avenue and Dearborn Street.

Construction of the permanent station begins in the same month. The building, known both as Union Station and the Oregon and Washington Station (the Oregon and Washington was a subsidiary of Union Pacific), debuted to the public on May 21, 1911.

Sources: “Seattle Becomes Railroad Center of Coast,” The Seattle Times Magazine, September 30, 1951, p. 8.

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