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Plan Shewing Land at Bear Creek Required by the C P R Co for Water Supply (Rocky Mountains Railway Survey Map)
Vancouver, BC: Garden, Hermon and Burwell, 1890. Single Sheet. At Least Very Good. title continues "Being Part of L.S. 1. Sec. 4, Tp. 28, R. 25, W of 5th I. M." This CPR Bear Creek Station Plan is c. 1890's as the drawing is credited in ink to "Garden, Hermon and Burwell ..." at the bottom right corner along with inventory number "4081". James Garden dropped out of the business partnership to become Vancouver's seventh Mayor for three terms from 1898-1900. So likely, this drawing was executed no later than the date of his departure when the company was reorganized by E.B. Hermon, a founding partner, prominent engineer and surveyor. Single sheet survey plan, hand drawn in red, black and blue inks onto high quality, surface-sized linen paper, 18-1/4 inches tall x 13-3/4 inches wide (46 x 35 cm), scale is given as 200 feet to one inch. Plan has some toning and horizontal fold marks from being rolled and flattened, minor soil and edge creases, a pin hole to each corner and some pin holes noted in the center of some measurement circles - most probably from the calipers/dividers used to make the measurements. The Bear Creek Railway Station was located roughly where the Connaught Tunnel is now, necessitating the water station for topping up the steam engines prior to their steep summit run up Rogers Pass. "The old line crossed the summit of the Selkirks through Rogers Pass, 552 feet higher than the new, continued along Bear Creek, turned to Glacier, and then back to the Illecillewaet River in a series of sharp curves. It was one of the most spectacular of all mountain rail routes..." from "Operating Trains in the Rockies" by H.C. Taylor, Superintendent of Transportation Western Lines. Also see "Description of Surveyed Lands in the Railway Belt of British Columbia. Part No. 1 - Eastern Division." (1914) pp. 29 and 41-42 for additional descriptions of the Bear Creek Railway Station. The company Garden, Hermon and Burwell (Lewis Burwell, of the historic United Empire Loyalist family of Port Burwell, Ontario) was founded in 1886 and were Vancouver's original land and property survey company. They made the original CPR right-of-way surveys in BC and also laid out on the ground all the original subdivisions in Vancouver, B.C. Ref. Association of Ontario Land Surveyors : Committee on Biography, pp. 130 to 133.
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