NP historian James Fredrickson dies

April 23, 2016

‘Noah of the railroads’: Northern Pacific historian James Fredrickson dies

By Kenny Ocker, The News Tribune

James Fredrickson was a railroad man, a lifelong devotee of the Northern Pacific Railway and its operations in the Puget Sound area.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

The Tacoma native was dedicated to preserving his career employer’s most prominent artifacts — including Tacoma’s Union Station, now a federal courthouse — and some of its most arcane, filling the basement, garage and a bedroom of his North End home with the railroad’s memorabilia.

Fredickson died April 15 at 89.

He was an accomplished photographer who wrote three books on the Northern Pacific — featuring his photos — that were published by Washington State University Press.

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