I-3154 | Thomas C. Keefer, civil engineer, Montreal, QC, 1861

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Thomas C. Keefer, civil engineer, Montreal, QC, 1861
William Notman (1826-1891)
1862, 19th century
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12 x 10 cm
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Keys to History

Thomas Coltrin Keefer (1821-1915) was one of the pioneers of Canadian civil engineering. He owes his reputation to his contributions to the railway industry and to his work in hydraulics. In 1849, he published his Philosophy of Railroads and, one year later, The Canals of Canada. Throughout his career he was involved in numerous large-scale projects.

In Montreal, he was entrusted with the task of proposing a site for the Victoria Bridge. Alexander Ross and Robert Stephenson would later incorporate a good many of his principles into the bridge's final design.