R.H. Trueman photo steam engine Lower Kicking Horse Canyon B.C. c1899

$375.00 CAD

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

Nice panoramic view, steam engine approaching on railway track beside Divide Creek, Lower Kicking Horse Canyon, Golden B.C.

Hand-placed information strip on negative 3117 LOWER KICKING HORSE CANYON NEAR GOLDEN B.C.’   ‘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: “Partie inférieur du canon du cheval fougueux près de Golden".

Toning on edges of cardboard card, light warping. 

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) 

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.

Due to frequent accidents and expensive helper engines associated with railroading in the pass, the CPR opened a pair of Spiral Tunnels in 1909 that replaced the direct route. Although these tunnels add several kilometres to the route, the ruling grade was reduced to a more manageable 2.2 percent (1 in 46).




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.