ILWACO, Wash. — On July 19, 1888 the Ilwaco Railway & Navigation Company held a grand celebration commemorating the completion of its line from Ilwaco, Wash., to Long Beach, Wash. To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the “Clamshell Railroad,” the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum has organized the exhibition “From the Water to the Woods: 125 Years of Rail.” There will be an opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 31.

The exhibition, on view from May 31 to Sept. 1, will explore the many ways railroads helped to develop this region. The IR&N is well known for its quirks. It kept an irregular schedule because it ran according to the tides in order to pick up travelers from steamships. It also had informal and accommodating service; it would sometimes stop so passengers could see a whale that had washed ashore or a lifesaving drill on the beach. But the narrow gauge IR&N was not the only railroad in the area.

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