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Hello everyone , I am new here , just found this site , and was very impressed with it , I was wondering if anyone can tell me what year the tracks were put in place that went thru Nighthawk Washington. I am a local in the area there.
I see the Tunnel that ran underneath the Mountain on the River , it actually appears to be open and you could walk thru it. I can see the Tracks are gone and all that's left is the old route it took.
I'm sure there is a lot of amazing history that I would really enjoy learning if any of you Rail Road Fans could help me.
Was there a Spur line that went to Molson Washington ?
I've had a Love for Old Trains ever since I was a Kid.

Thankyou for any information you guy's can provide.

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Here is a 1910 map of your area:


and a 1928 map:




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Thankyou for the Great Maps.
Can you tell me what Year the Tracks were put in place ? Has to be early 1900's.
I find all of this so Interesting. Glad you guy's have so much information to talk about.


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Excellent Information, Thankyou.

I've seen the Station in Oroville , well preserved and looks nice.

When the Train left Oroville and Headed up to Molson , that is a really steep grade.
I drive the Oroville-Chesaw road all the time.

It would be nice to see the old track line from Night Hawk to Oroville be turned into a Rails to Trails route. I'm very impressed with that Tunnel thru the mountain.

Thanks Guy's for all your Help
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