White Cascade The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche

ISBN-10: 0805083294

ISBN-13: 9780805083293

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gary Krist

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“Krist does wonders . . . [He] describes the frantic rescue efforts . . . and the malevolent, unending storm. In a thrilling, climactic chapter, he conjures forth the avalanche.”—The New York Times nbsp; In February 1910, a monstrous, record-breaking blizzard hit the Northwest. Nowhere was the danger more terrifying than near a tiny town called Wellington, perched high in the Cascade Mountains, where a desperate situation evolved: two trainloads of cold, hungry passengers and their crews found themselves marooned. For days, an army of the Great Northern Railroad’s most dedicated men worked to rescue the trains, but just when escape seemed possible, the unthinkable occurred—a colossal avalanche tumbled down, sweeping the trains over the steep slope and down the mountainside. Centered on the astonishing spectacle of our nation’s deadliest avalanche,The White Cascadeis the masterfully told story of a never-before-documented tragedy.
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 1/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Gary Krist was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1957. He graduated from Princeton University and studied literature at the Universitaet Konstanz on a Fulbright Scholarship. He is an author and journalist. His first collection of short stories, The Garden State, was published in 1988 and won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. His other works of fiction include Bone by Bone, Bad Chemistry, Chaos Theory, and Extravagance. His non-fiction works include The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche and City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago. He is a regular book reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, and the Washington Post Book World. He has won numerous awards including the Stephen Crane Award and a Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for Travel Journalism.

Author's Note
Prologue: A Late Thaw
A Railroad Through the Mountains
The Long Straw
Last Mountains
A Temporary Delay
Over the Hump
A Town at the End of the World
First Loss
Closing Doors
The Empire Builder Looks On
Ways of Escape
Last Chances
"The Reddened Snow"
Act of God
Epilogue: A Memory Erased
Afterword: A Final Note on the Wellington Avalanche
A Wellington Roster
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