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By Dr. Peter Hansen

Trains have brought more than just noise to Cheney

Guest Commentary


This is about thinking outside the box.

For years, newcomers and some old-timers have complained about the number of trains and the noise they make going through Cheney.

I think they have forgotten why Cheney is here.

We wouldn’t have our town if it were not for the trains.

We are grateful for the railroad superintendent in the 1880s, donating land on the hill for the first teacher’s college in Washington.

Students began arriving from faraway places, all by train.

They then hiked up the avenue to register for classes.

There were no automobiles, buses or trolleys, but a few might ha...

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