Sunday, January 6, 2008

Largest Single Land Purchase in US History?

In my ongoing search for old photos and interesting articles about the history of women in Real Estate, I stumbled on an incredible photo and a fascinating article about one of the largest real estate transaction in American History. Click the article link to see the current "This Week Then" photo. The article that I found with the train photo was last week's "This week then".

At, there is an essay entitled: Weyerhaeuser makes one of the largest land purchases in United States history on January 3, 1900.
It states that on January 3,1900, railroad magnate James J. Hill (1838-1916) sells 900,000 acres (1,406 square miles) of Washington state timberlands to Frederick Weyerhaeuser (1834-1914) for $5,400,000. It goes on to quote: "This is one of the largest single land transfers in American annals.”

I clicked on a few more links and found out that James J. Hill (known as the "Empire Builder" ) took control of the ailing Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 1800s and sold its vast land-grant forests to his friend George Weyerhaeuser on January 3, 1900. This transaction has been publicized as one of the largest real-estate transactions recorded in American history.
In 1910, Hill published a book Highways of Progress . Much of the book is a plea for conservation and intelligent development in all departments of agriculture, both by irrigation, drainage, and soil conservation, and a forecast of the future needs and growth of the United States and a defense of railroad and business consolidations as bringing greater efficiency and service to the public .
I can't help but wonder how many (if any) women Real Estate Agents might have been involved in the transaction? My guess would be ZERO.

If you find any old photos (men and women Realtors) and historic links, please pass them on. My email address is Thanks.
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