This W.F. Laraway lantern slide of a rail depot is a bit of a mystery. It's not Hood River, and it's not Glenwood, Iowa, his home before Hood River. The station is the same style as the Hood River depot of that era (1890s) but Hood River's OR&N depot was a bit smaller and didn't have as many tracks.
The freight depot to the left has a sign saying "Northern Pacific Express." Hopefully our railroad friends can figure out which NP depot Laraway visited around the turn of the century. The NP basically served Minnesota to Washington in that era.
[Ed. note] Arlen and the railroad community have come through. Kurt E. Armbruster, a noted Seattle author/historian provided an ID: "This is the Northern Pacific station at Livingston, Montana looking east. This station was across the tracks from the second depot built 1902 and remained standing for years after. The tracks in foreground are stub tracks, dead-ending there." Mr. Armbruster is the author of "Orphan Road: The Railroad Comes to Seattle", on WSU Press, if you want to learn more local RR history.
interesting picture/question Arthur....if ok, I will post the picture on a semi-reliable train discussion site and see if we can come up with an answer. certainly agree, not HR. (will note picture ownership in posting) Arlen
Arlen L Sheldrake on 3rd August 2021 @ 9:15am
Montana or North Dakota?
Is that Laraway posing in the photo?
L.E. on 3rd August 2021 @ 9:28am
I don't think that's WF Laraway in the photo but he looks like someone in other Laraway photos-- perhaps a relative.
ArthurB on 4th August 2021 @ 10:16am
I've updated the Notes section with an ID of the station.
ArthurB on 7th August 2021 @ 12:24pm