It started with Monte Cristo - the gold, the train, the influx of men and investments. The mining didn't last long, but the rails were in place to carry out the real treasure of the PNW - timber, in all its forms.
As the railroad dwindled, roads were built to replace the rails, and trucks replaced the trains. The work was no less dangerous, but heavy equipment helped to automate the tasks.
Patience, perseverance, persistence, pride, potential, power . . . built the Mountain Loop and the true Pacific Northwest.