Item #4806 [Railway] Photos Documenting 1884 Construction on CPR's Lake Superior Jackfish Contract. HENRY, Norman, Photographers.
[Railway] Photos Documenting 1884 Construction on CPR's Lake Superior Jackfish Contract
[Railway] Photos Documenting 1884 Construction on CPR's Lake Superior Jackfish Contract
[Railway] Photos Documenting 1884 Construction on CPR's Lake Superior Jackfish Contract

[Railway] Photos Documenting 1884 Construction on CPR's Lake Superior Jackfish Contract

Port Arthur, ON: Henry & Norman, [1884]. Three original photographs, all documenting the incredibly difficult works-in-progress being done by CPR contractors along the north shore of Lake Superior while working on the Jackfish contract in 1884. "The price of building the line north of Lake Superior was appalling. One ninety-mile section of track ate up ten million dollars, and one single, memorable mile of track was laid through solid rock at a cost of seven hundred thousand." The Last Spike by Pierre Berton, p. 270. One photo in this collection captioned "Bird's-Eye View of Jackfish Bay CPR from S.W." shows a part of that $700,000 mile of track while still under construction - see Van Horne's Road (1977) by Omer Lavallee p. 150-51. Three albumen silver salts photographs, all measuring 7.5 x 4.5 inches wide and mounted onto the photographer's boudoir cards (w. "Henry & Norman Photographers, Port Arthur, Ont." printed on verso) measuring 8 x 5 inches. Prints are toned and faded with spotting and scratches, stains and soil, card mounts are slightly curved with bumps and scratches. One print is captioned in negative at bottom edge "Bird's-Eye View of Jackfish Bay CPR from S.W." the other two photos are not captioned, but one appears to show an "End of Track" Sunday visit with family members and men in fancy clothes (the gent on the bottom left has reclined on the end of track for that week) while the other photo shows a rough camp with an aerial telegraph service and men working the ground with two-in-hand horse teams and small wagons. Fair to Good Plus. Item #4806

The last spike of the eastern section of the CPR's transcontinental railway was driven home near Jackfish tunnel on the north shore of Lake Superior, in May of 1885. The last spike of the western section was hammered down in the mountains of BC at Craigellachie, in November of 1885, thereby completing the monumental task of creating a transcontinental railway line to meet the 1871 terms for the colony of British Columbia to join Canada as the country's sixth province.

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