National Geographic : 1925 Oct
PACIFIC NORTHWEST From two to ten days nearer the Orient, the great, modern ports of Washington and Oregon occupy a S. strategic position in our fast grow .. ing trade with the S : Far East Pacific Coas leaders/ p centers HERE On our Pacific Coast the ports of the Pacific Northwest lead in foreign trade by a substantial margin, ac cording to figures of the Department of Commerce. This is shown by the total value of imports and exports and also by the total net tonnage of vessels entered and cleared, as reported by that De partment. This leadership of the Pacific Northwest has been built upon cer tain definite, natural trade advan tages : The ports of Washington and Oregon are nearer by several days' sailing to the Orient. That is why 80 per cent of the trans-Pacific mail is handled through the Seattle post office. That is why 70 per cent or more of the raw silk now enters the United States through the Pacific Northwest. Savings in time, interest and in surance charges, so strikingly shown in the case of raw silk, are also ef fected in other commodities. Ship pers recognize the Pacific Northwest as the fast and economical route for shipments to the Orient. Pacific Northwest ports are also nearer by rail to the Atlantic sea board. They are the doorway to Alaska. And they are endowed with harbor facilities that are unsur passed. Time can only emphasize these advantages. Nature and "the im mutable law of the short haul" have established the dominance of the Pacific Northwest ports in the great and growing commerce of the Pa cific Seas-today and in the future. C7he Chicago Burlington & Quincy R.R. C'Te GreatNorthern Ry. 7he Northern Pacific Ry.