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1880-1890 - Canadian Pacific Railway
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R-B4291
Item Date
1885


On November 7th, 1885 the 'last spike' completing the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven by Donald Smith.


Prime Minister Macdonald's original plan for a transcontinental railway was developed in 1871, but following the Pacific Scandal and a time out of office it was not until 1881 that the new contract to build the Canadian Pacific Railway was signed. In just four years the railway was complete and Canada was joined from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The way was now open for settlers to reach the prairies.

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R-B4291
Media Type:
photograph
Keywords:
Railway Construction; Last Spike


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Image Preview R-A8661 Photograph 01 - Sir John A. Macdonald - Prime Minister of Canada - 1867-1873 and 1878-1891.
Image Preview R-B706 Photograph 02 - Sir William Van Horne.
Image Preview R-B1448 Photograph 03 - A camp of surveyors for the Canadian Pacific Railway near the Saskatchewan River.
Image Preview R-A2774 Photograph 04 - Building a railway grade across the prairie.
Image Preview R-70 May 15 PDF Document 05 - A letter from Edgar Dewdney to Prime Minister Macdonald regarding allegations that Dewdney was speculating on land.
Image Preview R-70 June 3 PDF Document 06 - A letter from Edgar Dewdney to Prime Minister Macdonald regarding the location of Regina.
Image Preview R-B4291 Photograph 07 - On November 7th, 1885 the 'last spike' completing the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven by Donald Smith.
Image Preview R-A2319 Photograph 08 - Railway workers drive their own last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Image Preview R-B4490-1 Photograph 09 - A souvenir brochure commemorating the official opening of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Image Preview R-B4490-2 Photograph 10 - A souvenir brochure commemorating the official opening of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
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