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Early History of the C.P.R. Road

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Title:Early History of the C.P.R. Road
Author:
Moberly, Walter   
Published:   1909
Tags:Canada, Canadiana, history, non-fiction, railway
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In the brief early history of Canada’s first transcontinental railway which I am about to outline, and to accomplish the ultimate construction of which I took the first active steps, the important objects I had in view were as follows: 1. To discover that a practicable line could be obtained through the mountains of British Columbia. 2. To be certain that it was the best obtainable line. 3. To find where the best western terminal point on the Pacific Coast would be. 4. To build up a large commercial city at such western terminus.

To accomplish the above objects I had for many years a long, very difficult and often most disheartening road to travel, but by sticking tenaciously to my purpose I found: 1. The way for the railway. 2. The best commercial line to adopt. 3. The western terminal point I selected was Burrard Inlet. 4. The large commercial city I had in view is now the City of Vancouver, and the transcontinental railway I proposed is the Canadian Pacific Railway.--introduction [Suggest a different description.]

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Walter Moberly, civil engineer (born at Steeple Aston, England 15 Aug. 1832; died at Vancouver, B.C. 14 May 1915). He came to Canada as a child and studied in Canada W, later moving to B.C. In 1859 he was appointed superintendent of public works and in 1862 was involved in the construction of the Yale-Cariboo wagon road. He was assistant surveyor general of B.C. 1864-66 and then spent 4 years in the U.S. In 1871 he was in charge of surveys for the route of the CPR through the Rocky Mountains and was the discoverer of EAGLE PASS.--Canadian Encyclopedia.

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