The introduction to this 1924 booklet, which I scanned from the Spokane Public Library collection, notes that it is the eighth of the series of pamphlets published by the Burlington Route, Great Northern, and Northern Pacific railways “as part of a national campaign to inform the people of the United States about the Pacific Northwest—Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington—and to aid in its sound development.” We’ve already seen one of these booklets, Through the American Wonderland, promoting the region’s scenery. Others focused on timber, water power, poultry farming, minerals, and other industries.
This one, published in 1924, deals with the shipping industry, focusing on the ports of Seattle and Portland. The booklet notes that, when measured by value, Oregon and Washington ports shipped more goods in 1922 than those of California. Of course, a large portion of the goods shipped to or from Northwest ports spent part of their journeys on Great Northern or Northern Pacific trains.