Tiny Brochure for Portland, Mt. Hood, and the Gorge

Great Northern tracks didn’t actually go to Portland. Instead, it reached the city over its half-owned subsidiary, the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, and through trackage rights from Seattle over the Northern Pacific. Still, in the 1960s, it managed to have as many or more passenger trains in and out of Portland each day as any of its rivals.

Click image to download a 1.8-MB PDF of this brochure.

This brochure is arranged a little differently from the previous tiny brochures. Instead of being six panels across and one high–about 5.5″x17″–it is three panels across and two high, or almost exactly 8.5″x11″. Like most other two-high brochures, this means half of one side is printed upside down so it will appear upside-up as it is unfolded.

The brochure dedicates 3-1/2 panels to Portland, 2-1/2 panels to the Columbia Gorge, 2 to Mt. Hood, and a half panel each to Mt. St. Helens and the Oregon Coast. Like most of the other tiny brochures, it has eleven color photos and two color drawings plus a color map of the region prominently showing tracks marked “Great Northern” even though they weren’t actually Great Northern tracks.

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