The Canadian Pacific Railway Essay Research Paper — страница 2
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with the slightest movement. It could not be carried by wagons so people had to put it in bottles then carry it on their backs, many people lots their lives from this dangerous task. Building in British Columbia was the most difficult and the most dangerous. Many bridges where built and some looked so fragile that some engineers refused to cross them. There where spots so narrow that what the workers walked across they walked in single line hanging on to the tails of their pack horses. Chinese workers where coming to help build the railway. The Chinese had separate camps where they where fed less got less pay and where treated very poorly. Some of the other workers didn t like the Chinese because of what they looked like and of their clothing. The Chinese got most of the dangerous jobs and it was very unfair. The CPRC was low on money and didn t have enough to finish the project. Workers refused to work until they got paid. They started to rebel so the RCMP had to be called in. George Stephen and Donald Smith gathered up all there money and sold some of their possessions and gathered up 1 million dollars which would last for about three weeks. John A. Macdonald convinced the government for one last final loan. The government gave them a loan which was just enough to finish. The last spike was driven in at 9:22 a.m. on November 1885 by Donald Smith. The ceremony took place at Eagle Pass at Craigellachie, British Columbia. When Donald Smith, who spent almost his every penny on the railway, lifted the hammer to drive it to the ground. The first time he hit the spike, he bent it. Another was put in its place. He drove that spike down with gentle taps, then every one cheered.