VIEW-2098 | Mountain Creek bridge, on the C.P.R., BC, 1889

 
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Mountain Creek bridge, on the C.P.R., BC, 1889
William McFarlane Notman
1889, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-2098
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , bridge (558) , Photograph (77678) , Train (185) , Transportation (2517)
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Keys to History

In 1885, the Canadian Pacific opened the first transcontinental railway line. Building it was a real challenge: the engineers had to overcome numerous natural obstacles like powerful rivers and the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.

Those in charge of the project took advantage of the natural resources in the regions they had to cross. More specifically, several large truss bridges were made of wood. The one in this photograph could be found in Glacier Park, British Columbia.