Monday, November 7, 2016

The Last Spike, Railway, Craigellachie, Canada

British Columbia
The Last Spike

Here was driven the "Last Spike" of the Canadian Pacific Railway, connecting the rails from east to west, on November 7, 1885.

Photo by Mel Basaraba

This unused postcard is from 2016.

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Craigellachie is a locality in British Columbia, located several kilometres to the west of the Eagle Pass summit between Sicamous and Revelstoke.

It was named after the village of Craigellachie on the River Spey in Moray, Scotland, the ancestral home of Sir George Stephen, the first president of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). At a critical time in the railway's development, Stephen travelled to Britain to raise desperately needed capital funding; when he succeeded, he telegraphed his associates in Canada quoting the familiar motto of Clan Grant: "Stand fast, Craigellachie!"

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