C.P.R. Station in the Rockies

Construction of a railway across Canada made the dream to link the country from coast to coast a reality. The last spike was driven in November 1885 and the first journey occurred the following June. The Canadian Pacific Railway opened new opportunities for industry, immigration and agriculture by allowing entrance to western and northern regions that were previously only accessible by inconvenient water routes. In this image the small railway station and platform are dwarfed by the gigantic Rocky Mountains, suggesting both the promises of the railway and the daunting obstacles overcome in making it possible.
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