VIEW-1749 | Cisco bridge on the C.P.R., BC, 1887

Cisco bridge on the C.P.R., BC, 1887
William McFarlane Notman
1887, 19th century
Silver salts, frosting on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

The stone and steel CPR bridge over the Fraser River at Cisco, BC, is a famous spot on the line. There was once a telegraph station here. When the Northern Transcontinental (now part of the CNR) was built in the early 20th century, it also went down the Fraser Canyon. The canyon was so narrow at that point that there was no room for both lines on one side, so the CNR had to cross over at the same location. Thus there are two bridges almost side by side at the same spot.

Source : Forging the National Dream [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    This CP railway bridge is made of stone and steel.

  • Where

    It was built at Cisco, in the canyon of the Fraser River, BC.

  • When

    The picture was taken in 1887, soon after the bridge was built.

  • Who

    It is a solid and enduring testimony to the skill of the engineers who designed it and the workers who built it.