Stoney Creek Bridge – British Columbia

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Canadian Pacific Railway bridge Mountain Creek

At 325 feet, the Stoney Creek Bridge was the highest single-span bridge on the Canadian Pacific Railway line. Originally made of timber in 1893, the “trestle looked so fragile that one engineer refused to drive his engine over it. William Cornelius Van Horne said that he would drive the engine across himself. The engineer said, ‘If you ain’t afraid of getting killed Mr. Van Horne, with all your money, I ain’t afraid either.’ Van Horne replied, ‘We’ll have a double funeral – at my expense of course.’ The engine passed safely over the bridge.”

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