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Here is a very good key from the Northern Pacific Railway. It takes a larger pin - see our last picture.
It is stamped N.PRY. on one side of its bow in tall block letters, and ADLAKE on the opposite side.
Condition is great with just the right amount of wear: the bit edges and barrel end are nicely rounded. There is no metal damage, and color is an attractive, deepening golden brass.
Per Wikipedia, The Great Northern Railway was an American Class I railroad that began in 1857. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, it was the only privately funded – and successfully built – transcontinental railroad in U.S. history. Its earliest predecessor was a very short Minnesota line called the St. Paul & Pacific. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, it was the creation of 19th-century railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill. The Great Northern's route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the United States. It prospered through the shrewd practice of being built slowly in stages to generate profitability, before expanding into undeveloped Western territory. The result was successful branches that ran north to the Canada–US border in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana. It also had branches that ran to Superior, Wisconsin, and Butte, Montana, connecting with the iron mining fields of Minnesota and copper mines of Montana. In 1898, Hill purchased control of large parts of the Missabe Range iron mining district in Minnesota, along with its rail lines. The Great Northern began large-scale shipment of ore to the steel mills of the Midwest. At its height, Great Northern operated over 8,000 miles.
The Great Northern energetically promoted settlement along its lines in North Dakota and Montana, especially by German and Scandinavians from Europe. The Great Northern bought land from the federal government and resold acreage to farmers. It operated agencies in Germany and Scandinavia that promoted its lands, and brought families over at low cost, building special colonist cars to transport immigrant families. On March 2nd, 1970 the Great Northern, together with the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad and the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway merged to form the Burlington Northern Railroad.
The Great Northern
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