By William A. Mckenzie
An affectionate heritage of the eating vehicle carrier of the Northen Pacific Railway together with its huge commissary process. It used to be initially released as eating vehicle Line to the Pacific in 1990, via the Minnesota historic Society Press. a wide element of NPR recipes is incorporated. Annotation 2004 e-book information, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
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All investors, great and small, crawled into their shells. Lacking the income to meet scheduled interest payments, Cooke took momentary refuge behind closed doors. 11 The sudden demise of Cooke's bond sales cut off the vital flow of construction funds to the Northern Pacific, which, as a result, went into receivership April 16, 1874. Momentarily, it appeared the charter would be revoked, but Frederick Billings came forth with a plan of reorganization that calmed and satisfied all holders of NP securities, as well as the bankruptcy court, and the company was reborn in 1875 under the aegis of a Billings-led group of NP enthusiasts determined to restore financial integrity and resume construction as quickly as prudent management would permit.
That is, all travelers must be coddled to the utmost. This meant finding an alternative to those eating places that NP management had suffered to exist in the past. One alternative, of course, was that which all other railroads in the West had seen fit to outlaw, dining cars. Yet neither Villard nor Oakes was of a mind to commit himself to this expense if operating department personnel were prepared to advance sound arguments against it. Accordingly, on November 14, 1882, Oakes put the question to Gen.
L. Kimball Asst. Genl. Manager6 All remained peaceful in this rail baron's Eden until a gnat of the far north was seen to be something much more than a pesky, ineffectual nuisance. The Northern Pacific Railroad Company—the NP—completed its transcontinental line between Duluth and Portland on August 22, 1883, and inaugurated regular, daily passenger service, including dining cars, on September 12. Neither the UP Eating on the Road nor the Santa Fe paid it much mind. After all, the newcomer had yet to prove itself, and there was every reason to believe it would founder.
Dining Car To The Pacific: The "Famously Good" Food of the Northern Pacific Railway by William A. Mckenzie