All Aboard the Peace Train!
The train's triumphant arrival in Fairhaven in 1890 is the occasion celebrated in this photograph. From Fairhaven, the train would head north and cross a long trestle over Bellingham Bay on its way to the border to join with the New Westminster & Southern Railroad in a golden spike ceremony. All three railroads involved that day soon became parts of James J. Hill's Great Northern as it finished its line into Vancouver B.C.
Original photograph by Amsden, Clark & Company, WM #1996.10.1528. Courtesy the Whatcom Museum
OUR CENTENNIAL THEME
Remembering the Past, Honoring the Present, Inspiring the Future.
It began in 1914 as a group of Americans and Canadians started a movement to create a great Arch of Peace on the U.S. Canada boundary. One hundred years have almost passed since that late summer day they dedicated it in 1921. It is time that we begin to relive their incredible journey. International Peace Arch Association welcomes you aboard the Peace Train.
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Join us as we Educate and commemorate the Peace Arch historic 100-year milestone, as we strengthen our bonds and build a better future for the international park and our community!