R.H. Trueman photo Bow River rapids and CPR Banff Hotel AB c.1899

$350.00 CAD

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Photo from famed B.C. photographer Richard H. Trueman.

Nice panoramic view, rapids of the Bow River in front of Banff CPR Hotel.

Hand-placed information strip on negative 3129 BOW RIVER RAPIDS AND C.P.R. HOTEL, BANFF’   ‘R. H. Trueman & Co., Photo, Vancouver, B.C.

Silver gelatin print.

Mounted on thick cardboard card. Written in French in pencil at top of card: “Rapides de la riviere Bow et Hotel di Can. Pac.”.

Toning on edges of cardboard card, light warping.  Diagonal crease UL corner, just above photo.

Photo: 7” x 9-¼”

Card:  9 ½” x 12-¼”

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


the Banff Springs Hotel is a historic hotel located in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The entire town including the hotel, is situated in Banff National Park, a national park managed by Parks Canada. The hotel overlooks a valley towards Mount Rundle, both of which are situated within the Rocky Mountain mountain range. The hotel is located at an altitude of 1,414 metres (4,639 ft).

The hotel opened in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, as one of the earliest of Canada's grand railway hotels. The hotel property has undergone several stages of growth and redevelopment. The original hotel structure was designed by Bruce Price, with another structure completed in 1914. In 1926, a fire destroyed the original structure on the hotel property, although a replacement structure was later completed in 1928.


Richard H. Trueman (1856-1911) had worked as a photographer in Brampton, Ontario, during the 1880s, before moving to British Columbia in 1889. Initially he photographed along the Canadian Pacific Railway main line, working with a partner, Norman Caple, before founding his own studio, R. H. Trueman & Company in Vancouver in 1894. In addition to portrait work, Trueman maintained his flair for railway scenes, and travelled widely along the expanding network or by steamship within British Columbia and the Prairies. He photographed mountain landscapes, cities and towns, the mining industry, agriculture, and ranches well as the life and work the region’s people, including the First Nations.