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Fonds AM42 - Canadian Pacific Railway Company fonds

What C.P.R. [Canadian Pacific Railway] exemption by-law means

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Canadian Pacific Railway Company fonds

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  • 1880-1969 (Creation)
    Canadian Pacific Railway Company

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5.45 m of textual records

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The Canadian Pacific Railway was originally begun as public work by the Department of Railways and Canals under the terms which had been agreed upon at the time British Columbia joined Confederation. The work was taken over and completed by a private company, the Canadian Pacific Railway company (incorporated February 16, 1881), under the land grant system. W.C. Van Horne became the General Manager of the company on 13 December 1881; under his management the railway line was laid from Montreal across the prairies to Western Canada, the last spike being driven in at Craigellachie on 7 November, 1885. The line was soon extended from its westernmost point, at Port Moody, to Vancouver, the first transcontinental train arriving in Vancouver on 23 May, 1887. Much of the work of surveying for the C.P.R. within Vancouver was conducted under L.A. Hamilton. The C.P.R. played a major role in the development of the city of Vancouver, having influenced politics, land development, shipping and other areas.

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The fonds includes the following series: Approval books (1910-1959); Assessment districts and records of taxes (1945--1968); Duplicate deeds (1907-1965); Field note books (1885-1887); List of buildings relating to Vancouver Division - Vancouver Terminals (1884-1957); Miscellaneous records (1884-1962); Receipts and receipt books (1886-1969); Record of payments for properties, District Lot 526 (1962-1965); Registers of city lots (1886-1959); Staff registers (1880-1911); and Van Horne correspondence (1885-1887).

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Presented in part in by C.W. McBain, C.P.R. Land Agent, Vancouver, in 1946 and 1950, Omer Lavallee of Canadian Pacific Coorporate Archives in 1980, Herbert Creelman in 1937, Grace M. Green of New Westminster in 1954, 1955 and 1957, J.A. Byron in 1945, George Bartley in 1940, Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Horne in 1938, H.A. Price and the C.P.R. in 1976, David Jones in 1986, and A.T. Hepworth of Winnipeg.


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3 photograph albums showing CPR sites can be found in the H.A. Price collection (Add. MSS 358)

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Add. MSS. 729 and 859 have been amalgamated with Add. MSS. 42; citations for these records should therefore refer only to Add. MSS. 42.

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