Sunday, June 8, 2014

Last Book of the Challenge

Just finished what will be my last book of the challenge, The White Cascade: the Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche by Gary Krist. All I have to say about this one!

In late February 1910 a passenger train became stranded at the small town of Wellington, Washington. This town (now a ghost town) serviced trains going through the dangerous Cascade mountain range. The passengers were stranded, living in the train cars for five days while storm after storm moved through the region piling up snow that was impossible to clear. At 1:10 a.m. on March 1, 1910, the hill above the town let go sending an avalanche down the hill and knocking both the passenger train and a mail train down a steep ravine. In all about 90 people were killed in that particular tragedy. Other slides in the area took the lives of 10 others resulting in a death toll of about 100 people.

Krist did an extensive amount of research and makes the details readable. This book took my breath away and I have a feeling I will be digesting it for days to come. I highly recommend this book to those of you who like survival stories, stories of natural disasters or are just looking for an intense non-fiction read.

Many thanks to Mr. Krist for bringing this story to light.

With that my challenge for this year is at an end. Today's tally:

Continued listening to Maisy Dobbs - 1 hour 4 minutes
Continued and finished The White Cascade - 4 hours 26 minutes
Blogging this post and calculating totals - 9 minutes

Today's total - 5 hours, 39 minutes.

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