The Villard Gold Spike Excursion was on the first train that left from Portland to New York at The Dalles, Oregon, 1883
The Villard Gold Spike Excursion was on the first train that left from Portland to New York. It is seen here at The Dalles on October 2, 1883. Henry Villard was a railroad builder and economic leader of the 1870-80s in Oregon. He was born in Germany in 1835 and immigrated ot the United Staes in 1853. In 1870 Villard returned to Germany for his health where he became active in local railroad financing enterprises. In 1873 he was consulted on bonding perplexities that concerned investors in the far-away Oregon and California railroad. In the following year Villard and his family sailed for New York and Oregon to represent the organized bond holders. In 1876 he took over the mangement of the line. Under his guidance construction of the first transcontinental rail line to Oregon was completed in 1883. His eastern ""immigration bureau"" sent 30,000 people to Oregon as new settlers, greatly benefiting Oregon Country growth.
The Dalles, Oregon; Villard, Henry; Villard Gold Spike Excursion; railroad
2.7 in. H x 4 in. W
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