Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.200.
Entitled – The Rockies. Mount Stephen.
From a Photo by Notman & Son, Montreal.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
The Rockies. – At Field is a charming chalet hotel managed by the railway company – the Mount Stephen House – not far from the base of Mount Stephen and facing Mount Field.
The former of these is depicted above; it is a stupendous mountain, rising directly from the railway to a height of 10,425ft., holding on one of its shoulders, and almost over our heads, a glacier whose shining green ice, 800ft. thick, is slowly crowding over a sheer recipice of dizzy height and is crushed to atoms below.
On the broad front of the mountain we trace the zig-zag lines of a tramway coming down from a silver-lead mine somewhere among the clouds – or to be more explicit, 2,500ft. above the base.
From the railway, clinging to the mountain side, we look down upon the valley which, suddenly widening here, holds between the dark, pine-clad mountains a mirror-like sheet of water, reflecting with startling fidelity each peak and precipice.
The gradient between Stephen and Field Stations is so steep that three immense and powerful locomotives are required to take an ordinary passenger train up the incline.
The ascent of Mount Stephen may be easily made from Field in two days, camping for the night at the timber line.
It will easily be imagined that the view is superb, with the Selkirk Mountains on the south-west, and on the north the vast snow-field marking the summit of the Rockies.
On the eastward journey the train passes through a short tunnel, and hugging the base of the mountain closely, the main peak is lost to view for a few minutes; but as the train turns sharply away, it re-appears with startling suddenness, and when its highly-coloured dome and spires are illuminated by the sun, it seems to rise as a flame shooting into the sky.
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