Great Northern Corridor Map
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THE CORRIDOR

The Great Northern Railway was constructed and was the only transcontinental railroad built without using federal dollars or donations of federally owned land.

History

In the late 1800s when railroad magnate James Hill created the Great Northern Railway Company, the northern United States from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean was untapped territory, holding the promise of entrepreneurial dreams unfulfilled. As an example of that entrepreneurial spirit, the Great Northern Railway was constructed and was the only transcontinental railroad built without using federal dollars or donations of federally owned land. It has maintained that spirit for over 100 years because its history and operations are rooted in solid economic principles and performance. The Great Northern merged with other railroads, and, over time, became a key element of the BNSF Railway Company as we know it today.