East Portal, Stampede Tunnel, 1989

Glenn Rudolph
(American, born 1946)

Location: Washington State Arts Commission, Lacey


East Portal, Stampede Tunnel is part of artist Glenn Rudolph’s body of photographs documenting abandoned railroad lines in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. This image captures the Stampede Pass summit tunnel, located in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. It first opened in 1888 as part of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Eleven hundred Chinese laborers constructed the railroad. Noting this fact, Rudolph states, “It is probably no coincidence that the scene resembles a Chinese landscape painting.”

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with North Thurston Public Schools.


Glenn Rudolph's photographs tell the powerful stories of the Northwest's changing landscapes and communities. He has focused on disappearing farmlands, the bankrupt Milwaukee Railroad Company, landless Indian tribes, neighborhood gardens, and abandoned mine sites among other subjects.
Rudolph is a former commercial fisher and has been a photographer since the mid-1970s. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1968.

MediumGelatin silver print
Dimensions16 in x 20 in
ID NumberWSAC1991.162.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyNorth Thurston Public Schools
Artwork LocationWashington State Arts Commission
Not on display. At ArtsWA pending conservation, framing, re-siting, or return to site.
WA CountyThurston
Site TypePublic School
Address5900 54th Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98513
Geo. Coordinates47.000857 | -122.805015
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