Tales of the CPRBook - 2002
The Canadian Pacific Railway forms the backbone of Canada, but few people are aware that, as well as trains, the CPR has a history in steamship service, international trade, hotel building, and many other unusual projects and promotions. David Jones has drawn on his years with the CPR archives in compiling this lively collection of stories and anecdotes about a unique institution.
From the silk trade to the role of the CPR in the "bone trade, " the "Gold Rush Sternwheeler" to CPR radio broadcasts, Tales of the CPR is filled with the strange and wonderful stories that rarely make it into traditional history books. Colorful characters, ingenuity, tragedy, humor, and rare archival photographs combine to make this a fascinating read for rail and history enthusiasts.
David Laurence Jones is manager of internal communications at Canadian Pacific Railway. A history graduate from Concordia University, he worked for fourteen years in the railway's corporate archives, researching and collecting stories and anecdotes about the CPR's rich heritage. He has contributed many historical writings to company publications and is co-author of Canadian Pacific Posters: 1883-1963. He lives in Calgary with his wife and daughter and continues to delve into the CPR's colourful past.