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The last spike

Pierre Berton

The last spike

the great railway 1881-1885.

by Pierre Berton

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Published by McClelland and Stewart in Toronto .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Canadian Pacific Railway.

  • Classifications
    LC ClassificationsTF27.C3 B47
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxii, 478 p.
    Number of Pages478
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL5327054M
    ISBN 100771013272
    LC Control Number72179949

    That this wasn't the historical result is almost entirely due to the construction of the CP Railway. Kneeling at the feet of Governor Stanford is F. Smith at the ceremony marking the last spike to be driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway on 7 November It is a further cause of embarrassment if he is obliged to group his figures within straight lines, and arrange them according to an absolute plan in order to illustrate an historical incident.

    It contains twenty-five portraits, and except for the exact care necessary to the introduction of these individual likenesses, allows the utmost freedom to the painter's imagination. I think I must have inherited some of my fascination with history from him. Instead, after living and work expenses, most Chinese workers were unable to save enough money to even pay down debts for their ticket to Canada. The Last Spike reconstructs the incredible story of how some 2, miles of steel crossed the continent in just five years — exactly half the time stipulated in the contract.

    Death was far more frequent among the Chinese than other groups, and historians estimate that at least died. With debt problems mounting, and many creditors knocking at their door, it appeared the railway If any country in the world had leaders like this, they would have a truly great country! From the Trade Paperback edition. The last rail was laid this Saturday morning at


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The last spike book

Other incidents are a strap-game, poker-playing on a barrel-head, one or two saloons improvised for the occasion, a few Indians in their native dress, a few venders of cigars, a company of soldiers that chanced to be present, all of which features help to give variety of detail, to enrich and harmonize the colors, and to relieve the more formal groupings.

He is the greatest in art, who best conceals his art. Transcontinental Railroad 75th Anniversary Issue of Inthe old rails over Promontory Summit were salvaged for the war effort; the event was marked by a ceremonial "undriving" of the last iron spike. Along the way, Peyton encounters a band of Italians at one spot and a group of Englishmen at another.

The landscape painter may learn much of the figure-painter, but the latter has little to impart in return. Shelves: canada-eh Pierre Berton was one of Canada's most popular historians, from the Donald Creighton school which opted for abandoning footnotes and references and dry overviews in favor of relating history like a good story—full of anecdote and big personalities—written more to appeal to fiction lovers than scholars.

Huge problems existed as with any monumental project,such as the nearly impregnable pass through the Rockies, and the Lake Superior route. Dominating the whole saga are the men who made it all possible — a host of astonishing characters: Van Horne, the powerhouse behind the vision of a transcontinental railroad; Rogers, the eccentric surveyor; Onderdonk, the cool New Yorker; Stephen, the most emotional of businessmen; Father Lacombe, the black-robed voyageur; Sam Steele, of the North West Mounted Police; Gabriel Dumont, the Prince of the Prairies; more than 7, Chinese workers, toiling and dying in the canyons of the Fraser Valley; and many more — land sharks, construction geniuses, politicians, and entrepreneurs — all of whom played a role in the founding of the new Canada west of Ontario.

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The ceremony marked the completion of the transcontinental CPR and was a muted affair at which a group of company officials and labourers gathered at Craigellachie near Eagle Pass in the interior of British Columbia. There were no reporters present and no politicians.

Stillman, of San Francisco; A. That which should be its strength is an element of weakness. Crocker, Charles Crocker, T. Minor groups are arranged in pyramids, which fall into curves and semi-circles leading up to the cluster of important personages that surround the commanding central figure.

Pierre Berton recreates the adventures that were part of this vast undertaking: the railway on the brink of bankruptcy, with one hour between it and ruin; the extraordinary land boom of Winnipeg in ; and the epic tale of how William Van Horne rushed 3, soldiers over a half-finished railway to quell the Riel Rebellion.

Strowbridge, general superintendent of the work of construction. Previous Next Or so they were led to believe. The figures are drawn well. Main line trains no longer passed over Promontory Summit. Dominating the whole saga are the men who made it all possible — a host of astonishing characters: Van Horne, the powerhouse behind the vision of a transcontinental railroad; Rogers, the eccentric surveyor; Onderdonk, the cool New Yorker; Stephen, the most emotional of businessmen; Father Lacombe, the black-robed voyageur; Sam Steele, of the North West Mounted Police; Gabriel Dumont, the Prince of the Prairies; more than 7, Chinese workers, toiling and dying in the canyons of the Fraser Valley; and many more — land sharks, construction geniuses, politicians, and entrepreneurs — all of whom played a role in the founding of the new Canada west of Ontario.

There are few even among the uneducated, who have not studied their fellows more than they have observed the blue of the sky, the form and fleecy quality of the clouds, the hues of autumn, the rose of sunset, or the purples of the distance. Not that landscape-painting is not full of admirable and noble work, but as man is The roof and crown of things, as human character surpasses in complication the life of the flower and tree, so there is more required of that painter who depicts the face and form of man with its expression of feeling and intellect, and in its human relations, than of him whose chief duty it is to mass, contrast, and harmonize color.

Golden spike

Beyond are a few wagons such as had at that time found their way into the desert, a wagon-train that had left the Missouri months before, and a race in progress with mustangs, in whose riders the gambling instinct was stronger than matters of national concern.

At the time, I wondered what it was all about. To add insult to injury, the prohibitive Chinese head tax was set in place just months after the Last Spike was driven.

Arliss Loveless. Lansdowne later mounted the ceremonial spike on a granite base and gave it to Van Horne. Generally, though, Berton describes the men as a rough-and-tumble lot with ill manners and disagreeable mouths.

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