• Great Big Baked Potato

    Mr. Yellowstone Cub, from eBay with seller's permission

    Mr. Yellowstone Cub of the Northern Pacific Railway

    The Route of the “Great Big Baked Potato” was the passenger train service, North Coast Limited (Wikipedia) by the Northern Pacific Railway. Huge potatoes grown in the fertile soil of Yakima Valley in Washington were previously considered simply too large, too tough to cook and undesirable until NP adopted them in its dining car menu in 1909.

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    The Route of the Great Big Baked Potato is the first installment of the 4-part Northern Pacific series in the WRBA Button Aerogramme. Stay tuned for more.

    • 1883- NP Connecting the Continent
    • 1887- NP Staff button
    • 1913: Hard Rubber on Uniform
    • 1913–1970 The Route of the Great Big Baked Potato

    This nickel silver NP button, with Waterbury’s back mark, is likely from the late 1960s.


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