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Ralph Budd

Great Northern Railroad

1919 - 1932

Transportation

1910 b. 1879
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateHighland Park College
Personal
Born-Died1879 - 1962
BirthplaceIowa (IA)
RaceWhite
FatherFarmer / Rancher
Era - 1910

In 1919, when Budd took over the helm at Great Northern, he was the youngest railway president in the country. Budd pioneered new projects including the 1926-1928 Cascade Mountains tunnel project, which cost $25 million and eliminated the need for six shorter tunnels. Budd led the expansion of the Great Northern system from Klamath Falls, Oregon, to California, establishing a new all-rail route from the Pacific Northwest to San Francisco.