1890s Bailey Bros. photo Cathedral Mtn. CPR British Columbia (Canada)

$300.00 CAD

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Photo from famed B.C. photographer Charles Bailey.

Nice view of Cathedral Mountain (from railway tracks?).

Hand-placed information strip on negative ‘X789 CATHEDRAL MT., KICKING HORSE PASS, B.C.’    ‘BAILEY BROS., PHOTO. VANCOUVER B.C

Silver gelatin print, lovely sepia-tone colour. Image faded.

Mounted on thick cardboard card. Written in french in pencil at top of card: “Mont de la Cathédrale, passage du cheval fougeuse

Small tear UR border. Three corners slightly unglued.  Light creases UR/LR corners. Toning on edges of cardboard card, light warping.

Photo: 7-½” - 9-⅜”

Card:  9-⅝” x 12-⅜”

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale) 


Kicking Horse Pass (el. 1627 m, 5339 ft) is a high mountain pass across the Continental Divide of the Americas of the Canadian Rockies on the Alberta/British Columbia border, and lying within Yoho and Banff National Parks. A National Historic Site of Canada, the pass is of historical significance because the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was constructed between Lake Louise, Alberta and Field, British Columbia using this route in 1884, in preference to the originally planned route through the more northerly Yellowhead Pass.

The original route of the CPR between the summit of the pass near Wapta Lake and Field was known as "The Big Hill"; with a ruling gradient of 4.5 percent (1 in 23), it was the steepest stretch of main-line railroad in North America.


Bailey Bros. photography company (ca. 1890-1898) was founded by a famous Vancouver based photographer Charles S. Bailey (1869-1896) and his brother William (1865-ca. 1836), the latter replacing H.G. Neelands in the “Bailey & Neelands” partnership (1889-1890). The company dealt in photography, books and stationary. After his move to Kamloops in 1896 Charles Bailey managed the local branch of Bailey Bros. His early death in 1898 put an end to the enterprise

Camera Workers: The British Columbia, Alaska & Yukon Photographic Directory online, vol. 1)

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