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STST2017: The Last Spike

In Alix, Alberta on November 7, 2017 at 2:19 PM

DanOCan

Today’s posting will be quite short as the history of the area is already quite well known.  We’re visiting Craigellachie, British Columbia and — more specifically — the location where the Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven on November 7, 1885, exactly 132 years ago.

In all honesty, we visited the location back on October 3 of this year and I wrote this posting on October 25 but I thought it would be fun to set this to automatically post on the anniversary date.  As an added bonus, I set the posting time to be 10:22 Mountain Time, which is 09:22 Pacific Time which is when the Last Spike was driven.

That spike was driven by Donald Smith and the moment was captured by Winnipeg photographer Alexander Ross.  The image captured that day is likely one of the most famous photographs in all of Canadian history.

Today…

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