N-0000.25.1062 | Mountain Creek bridge, on the C.P.R., BC, 1889, copied about 1902

 
Photograph, glass lantern slide
Mountain Creek bridge, on the C.P.R., BC, 1889, copied about 1902
William McFarlane Notman
About 1902, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
N-0000.25.1062
© McCord Museum
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CANADIAN PACIFIC - Mountain Creek Bridge - As we have already noted, the contract for the Canadian Pacific was signed by the Government and the railway company in 1880. It called for the work to be finished in eleven years.

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In the 1930s, McGill University offered the public illustrated lectures. Together with booklets, kits made up of glass-plate photographs, like this one, enabled teachers to present various themes visually. In one of these booklets, Other Days in Canada, we find the text corresponding to this photograph:

"The contract for the Canadian Pacific was signed by the Government and the railway company in 1880. It called for the work to be finished in eleven years. But the promoters saw quite clearly that they must get the line on a paying basis long before that time, and they went ahead and at a speed without precedent or parallel in railroad building.
Lord Mount Stephen, Lord Strathcona and Mr. R. B. Angus were the financiers. Sir William Van Horne and Lord Shaughnessy were the executives.
The first work was done as quickly and cheaply as possible, consistently with safety and efficiency. Here you see the original bridge at Mountain Creek, one of the remarkable trestle structures on the way up to Rogers Pass in the Rockies."