June 2016

A Brief History of the Spokane & BC Railway


The S&BC existed from 1900 until 1919, and ran from Grand Forks, BC down to Republic, WA. A short extension also ran north from Grand Forks up to a mine and lasted until about 1933 as a part of the CPR.

The primary purpose of the line was to haul ore from a number of mines around Republic up to the large Grandby smelter just north of Grand Forks. A combination of the smelter closing after World War I and the intrusion of the Creat Northern Railway into the valley put it out of business.