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Railroad Lecture

6:30-7:30 Museum Open House, 7:30 Lecture begins. $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors -- Includes Museum Admission.

In 1870 Seattle had high hopes that the transcontinental Northern Pacific Railroad would make the city its western terminus. Instead, the railroad chose Tacoma. Seattle panicked—then rolled up its sleeves and built its own railroad. The Pacific Coast Railroad and its predecessors were key to assuring Seattle’s rise to become the Pacific Northwest’s greatest city, and author-historian Kurt E. Armbruster tells the colorful story of this homegrown pioneer enterprise as presented in his new book, Pacific Coast, Seattle’s Own Railroad, published by the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

Kurt Einar Armbruster is a Seattle native, historian, author, and musician. A graduate of the University of Washington (1975, BA history), he has written numerous articles for historical journals, and five books including Orphan Road, The Railroad Comes to Seattle, 1853-1911 (WSU Press, 1999) and Before Seattle Rocked, A City and its Music (UW Press, 2011. Visit Kurt on Facebook and his Seattle short fiction blog,