Excerpt from Report and Documents in Reference to the Canadian Pacific Railway, 1880 No. 3. Diagram of Profiles comparing the Canadian Pacific Railway with the four Trans-continental Railroads of the United States. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Canadian Pacific at its apex operated the most expansive and comprehensive transportation system the world has ever seen, before or since. Vast amounts of freight and multitudes of people, including some of the 20th century's most important and celebrated personalities, moved seamlessly back and forth on the North American continent and across the oceans to the far corners of the earth in the capable hands of a single, well-oiled administration. When the Canadian Pacific Railway was built in the early 1880s to connect the thriving cities of Eastern Canada with the fledgling communities on the West Coast of British Columbia, however, this first, tenuous lifeline of the wildly ambitious enterprise stretched across more than two thousand miles of rugged, nearly uninhabited wilderness — with no blanket authority or viable system of law enforcement. Initially the country's own red-coated mounted police force took up the challenge of protecting the men and women who accomplished the national dream of forging a link from sea to sea and beyond; but, inevitably, the responsibility for the security of people and goods on the "World's Greatest Transportation System" would fall to the Canadian Pacific itself and the private police force which grew up with the company. From its somewhat disreputable origins of ad-hoc groups of semi-autonomous armed watchmen and strike-breaking thugs organized at the local level to the fully-professional force created in 1913 by the CPR president himself, the stage was set for more than a century of Canadian Pacific Police Services to come. The quiet efficiency with which its officers have conducted themselves in their ongoing battles with fraud, theft, smuggling, bombings, murder and mayhem, and the degree to which they have managed to avoid controversy and public scrutiny, speak well for the men and women on the "Railway Beat."
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 Excerpt: ...were crossed, besides numerous smaller ones, and Pine River North, which is situated about six miles from Fort St. John, and was then 100 feet wide by two feet deep, but at high water must bo 300 feet wide, in a valley 700 feet deep and a quarter of a mile wide in the bottom. The slopes on both sides are much broken by old land-slides. On the west there is a bluff of decomposed shale, and on the face of the eastern slope many ledges of sandstone in nearly horizontal beds. We saw a few small open muskegs, and had to cross one about one mile in width which delayed us more than four hours. The soil is composed of white silt with a good coveringjof vegetable mould, but for one stretch of 14 miles, this has been completely burnt off. We also passed over two gravelly ridges. A few large prairies were seen, and many small ones intorspersod with poplar and willow copse. Twenty-five per cent of the distance lay through woods of small poplar, spruce and black pine. Near Pino River North there was also a belt three miles wide of spruce six to fifteen inches in diameter. Fort Dunvegan, August lst-5th. In the garden of the fort there were fine crops of wheat, barley, potatoes, beets, cucumbers and squash, while at the R. 0. Mission close by there were fine potatoes, onions, carrots, and a luxuriant, but very backward, crop of wheat, a condition of things which Mr. Tessier, the firiest, explained to us had resulted from a long drought, causing the grain to ie in the ground without sprouting till some heavy rain occurred at the end of May. August 28th to September 5th, wheat at the fort was cut, but was not perfectly ripe; that at the Mission was injured by frost, and no hope of its ripening; all other crops had succeeded well." McConneU Exploration, 1879. This infor...
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