The Robert Pearson Collection 

More than anyone, my grandfather, Robert Pearson, was responsible for my love of history.  Shortly after WWII, he moved from Marrowstone Island in the Puget Sound to Puyallup Washington and then on to Auburn Washington before settling on Mount Spokane in eastern Washington in 1953.  Over the next fifty years he collected photos related to railroad, logging and mining in the Pacific Northwest.  As a small boy I spent many of my summers days playing on my grandparent's farm on Mount Spokane, tramping through the woods and generally making a mess.  In the evenings I would pour through his photos and library.  Eventually his collection was passed on to me and I am now in the process of organizing and digitizing it for others to enjoy and make use of.  Unless otherwise noted, the photos and historical materials either come from my grandfather's collection or material that I have added. It is my goal to give proper credit on all of the material on this site, if you spot a mistake please let me know.  I hope you will enjoy this material as much as I do.  If you would like to use the material in a publication or on another site please ask me for permission.        Marty Johnston

Links to Material:

Compressed Air Locomotives Batt. & Electric Locomotives Mechanical Locomotives Steam Locomotives Industrial & Railway Supplies Industrial RR Photos     Mining    Photos


Iron Mt. Mining Company

 Montana Mining & Logging

Coeur D' Alene Mining District 

   Logging    Photos

Consolidated Lumber Co.

     Ship       Photos

Dam Const. Photos