6.4 A steam train at Cranbrook Station

  6.4 A steam train at Cranbrook Station (circa 1898). The arrival of the railway in August, 1898, provided inexpensive transportation for goods & people. It quickly made Cranbrook the primary city in the region due to its central location on routes going in all directions, including a connection to Spokane, WA, the heart of the Inland Empire. The Crowsnest Pass route of the Canadian Pacific Railway was a national strategic line designed to protect Canadian sovereignty and the economy against US incursions into the mineral-rich Kootenay regions. CBK.1976.033.024  

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