Carving the Western Path: By River, Rail, and Road Through B.C.'s Southern Mountains

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Heritage House Publishing Co, Jun 15, 2011 - History - 240 pages
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A century of dealmaking and government misdeeds forms the backdrop of this entertaining account of sternwheelers, iron horses and mountain roads. Battling factions of rail builders crossed many a line in the sand as they carved up both the land and the spoils of industry.

Did both federal and provincial politicians wittingly sabotage road construction programs to the benefit of the rail barons? Were Cornelius Van Horne, Major A.B. Rogers and Andrew McCulloch fully deserving of the accolades bestowed on them? Was railway man J.J. Hill a genius or an opportunist?

R.G. Harvey has applied a keen mind and deft pen to uncover skulduggery in politics and critical routing errors by the early surveyors and engineers who "carved their western paths." In turn he has exposed new scars and wrinkles to add to historic portraits otherwise untainted.

 

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Contents

Introduction
Section One
Section Two
The Appendices
Chapter Notes

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About the author (2011)

R.G. (Bob) Harvey was born in Scotland in 1922, and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a B.Sc. in civil engineering in 1943. Bob immediately joined the British army and served in the UK, India and Burma before being placed on reserve as a captain (EME) in 1947. He immigrated to Canada in 1948 and joined the BC Department of Public Works that same year, right in the middle of the worst spring flooding in 54 years. In 1950 Bob married Eva Huscroft. He worked in Nelson and Prince George before becoming Deputy Minister of Highways and Public Works in 1976, retiring in 1983. Bob has written five books on the transportation history of British Columbia.

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