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The Salem, Falls City and Western Railway


Ceremonies heralding the arrival of the Salem, Falls City and Western Railway
into Salem, Oregon in 1913

This photograph was displayed as a part of the Railroads in Salem exhibit from June to August, 1995 in the Heritage Room at the Salem Public Library. Pictured are the ceremonies heralding the arrival of the Salem, Falls City and Western Railway into Salem on March 8, 1913. The line had been completed from Black Rock to West Salem on September 13, 1909, but only after completion of the Willamette River bridge, shown in this photo, were the trains able to actually run to the Salem depot.




Opening of the P.E. & E. Bridge in Salem, Oregon, 1913

Opening of the P. E. & E. {Portland, Eugene & Eastern} Bridge spanning the Willamette River in Salem, Marion County, Oregon in 1913. Captions reads: "Miss Helen West (little girl on front of engine) cutting the flags at the formal opening of the new P. E. & E. Bridge, Salem, Oregon." The structure was also known as the Salem, Falls City & Western Railway Bridge.




Dedication of Dallas-Falls City Railroad bridge at Salem, Oregon, 1913, March 15

A group of men and one young lady (Miss Helen West) are standing on a locomotive engine on the railroad bridge or on the tracks immediately in front of the engine. Most of the men are attired in long black overcoats and black hats. The girl wears light clothes and holds a bouquet of flowers. The occasion is the dedication of the Dallas-Falls City Railroad bridge at Salem on March 15, 1913.




Motor coach of the Salem, Falls City & Western Railway near Black Rock, Oregon, 1920's

This is the motor coach of the Salem, Falls City & Western Railway near Black Rock as seen in the 1920s. Black Rock was the western terminus of the Southern Pacific Company branch line west from Dallas. It was on the Little Luckiamute River. It is generally believed the town was named because of an exposed ledge of black shale rock. The railroad was taken up after World War II and when the area was visited in 1984, there was little evidence of civilization.




Motor coach of the Salem, Falls City & Western Railway, 1920's, also known as the "Skunk."



Falls City Station Time Card, April 22, 1911


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