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Bridges - Fraser River Bridge (1st) - Construction - 1903

#2540

Date: 1903 - Wednesday, November 11
Source: Donald Macdonald, donor
Photographer: W.T. Cooksley, New Westminster

Information: Written on the back of the original photograph was the following: "Span of New Combined Traffic and Railway Bridge Across the Fraser River at New Westminster. This span, 380 feet long and 50 feet high, was built on false work between the piers where the swing span is to operate, and on Wednesday, November 11, 1903, was moved bodily to its destined position between piers 3 and 4, where the river is over 90 feet deep. This was done by means of four large scows, placed beneath it at low tide, and as these rose sufficiently they were towed clear of the piers by two tugs, and wire cables, operated by a donkey engine, guided to its present position. The actual operation of moving was carried out within the hour, and is the fourteenth such performance by the contracting firm, the Dominion Bridge Company, of Montreal."

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Bridges - Fraser River Bridge (1st) - Opening Day

#115

Date: July 23, 1904
Source: New Westminster Museum
Photographer: ?

Information: Bridge opening celebrations, July 23rd 1904. First train across. The man in the centre is C.P. Moss, who helped build the bridge.

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Bridges - Fraser River Bridge (1st) - Completed

#1779

Date: c.1904 (?)
Source: New West Public Library
Photographer: __________

Information: Fraser River Bridge with its swing span open. Begun in 1902, the Fraser River Railroad Bridge was opened July 23, 1904. As well as carrying railroad tracks it had a second level for foot passengers and wagons. This is a print of the original postcard.

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Bridges - Fraser River Bridge (1st) - Completed

#2179

Date: 1913
Source: Esther Paulson, donor
Photographer: ___________

Information: Print of a postcard of the Fraser River Bridge. The bridge opened on July 23, 1904. Although the date hand-written on the back of the postcard reads "August 26, 1913" - the photograph might even be earlier since the same postcards circulated for a number of years.

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