Tonquin was a station on the Oregon Electric Railway, named for the Pacific Fur Company ship Tonquin, because of the company's policy of naming stations for topics of historic interest to Oregonians. The station was built in 1907-08. Tonquin post office was established in 1912, and closed in 1933.
The station was 12 miles from Multnomah and 12 miles from Donald, on what is now the main line of the Portland and Western Railroad. Tonquin is on the portion of the line used by the Westside Express Service passenger train. The abandoned Oregon Electric substation/depot still exists at the site today.
- "Tonquin". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
- "The Oregon Electric Railway". Electric Railway Journal. 41. June 14, 1913. pp. 1052–53.
- McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) . Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 964. ISBN 978-0875952772.
- "Tonquin Electric Transformer Substation". Oregon Historic Sites Database: Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
- Images and history of Tonquin station
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. OR-113-C, "Tonquin Substation, Milepost 39.1", 4 photos, 1 photo caption page
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