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Alexander Ross, Best & Co. (Winnipeg)
Driving of the Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway - Craigellachie, British Columbia, Canada
1885, 7 November, 9:30 AM
7.5 x 9 ins (image) 8 x 10 ins (mount)
Cowan's Auctions, Inc
American History: Premier Auction, 26 June 2018, Lot: 443
With partly faded description in the negative dating the image at Craigellachie, British Columbia, on Nov. 7, 1885, at 9:30 AM, and identifying several of the men. The man holding the hammer is Donald Alexander Smith (1820-1914), co-founder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the men beside him include CPR General Superintendent John Egan, manager William Cornelius Van Horne, surveyor Albert Bowman Rogers, engineers Sandford Fleming, Henry Cambie, and James Ross, contractor Michael Haney, and Sam Steele of the North-West Mounted Police.