MP-0000.158.108 | Cathedral Mountain, near Field, BC, about 1923

 
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Photograph, glass lantern slide
Cathedral Mountain, near Field, BC, about 1923
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1923, 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
MP-0000.158.108
© McCord Museum
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"Cathedral Mountain: From the Great Divide the railway begins to descend. Between here and Field, a distance of fourteen miles, it descends, in fact, nearly a quarter of a mile through the Kicking Horse Pass. Formerly this was a difficult track, the gradient being 4.5 per cent; but by two wonderful tunnels -- forming one of the most notable engineering feats in existence -- this difficulty has now been eliminated, and the grade reduced to 2.2 per cent. These tunnels are the famous "Spiral Tunnels." From the east the track enters the first tunnel, 3,255 feet in length, and after turning a complete circle and passing under itself, emerges into daylight 54 feet lower. (Mount Cathedral 10,454 feet high.)"

Excerpt from "ACROSS CANADA BY C. P. R.", Section 5--The Canadian Rockies; booklet, McGill University Illustrated Lectures, 1928.