6.1 The First Automobile to cross the Canadian Rockies

 
 
   
 
 
  6.1 The First Automobile to cross the Canadian Rockies and through Cranbrook in 1914. Cranbrook very early on became a favourite for touring by automobile due to the relatively flat terrain of the Rocky Mountain Trench (the East Kootenay Region). Col. Baker’s son, V. Hyde Baker, had the first automobile in the area in 1904, followed quickly by others. Highway 3 through the Crowsnest Pass (the first paved Trans-Canada Highway) and Highway 95 from the Pacific Northwest of the USA to Banff in the 1920’s, solidified the crossroads which it still holds. CBK.1982.081.052
 

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