This, the ninth in the same series of booklets described in yesterday’s post, discusses the mineral wealth of the Pacific Northwest. Nowadays, “Pacific Northwest” is used to refer to Oregon and Washington; but the railways that published this booklet expanded it to include Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. That’s lucky in this case, as most of the Northwest’s minerals at that time were found in Montana and northern Idaho.
Since then, Wyoming has starred as a leading coal producer. But mines were and are far less important in Oregon and Washington. To make up for that, perhaps, the booklet also includes information on Alaska minerals.
I scanned this book at the Spokane Public Library. Scanning at a distant location always carries the danger that I’ll skip a page. Apparently, I did in this case as pages 30 and 31 were missing. In yesterday’s booklet, these pages had some generic information about the Northwest, and it seems likely that today’s used the same information. So I’ve included the pages from yesterday’s with this one; if I find another copy of this booklet, I’ll scan those pages and post a corrected copy.