November 25, 1884
UP Connects to the Pacific Northwest
The Oregon Steam Navigation Co. owned the first portage railroads to carry freight and passengers around rapids and falls on the Columbia River. After purchase by the OR&N in 1879, it became part of OR&N's rail network in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The Oregon Short Line and the OR&N met at Huntington, Ore., on November 25, 1884, completing the shortest rail route from Wyoming to Portland.