By Frank Leonard
Through the first 20 years of this century, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway performed a huge half within the improvement of the north-central hall of British Columbia. The GTP, which ran from Winnipeg through the Yellowhead go and Edmonton to Prince Rupert at the northwest coast, used to be outfitted to supplant the Canadian Pacific line to Vancouver. The B.C. line was once the costliest and least remunerative of its sections and contributed eventually to the company's cave in in 1919.
In A Thousand Blunders, Frank Leonard appears at why the 'Road of 1000 Wonders' didn't reside as much as the expectancies forecast by means of corporation president Charles M. Hays and different senior managers. not just used to be the railway outfitted via a carefully settled quarter, which generated little fast site visitors, yet its financial problems have been additionally compounded via the varied blunders made by means of managers in any respect degrees: for instance, their failure to reply properly to labour shortages prompted severe delays and avoided the corporate from proving Prince Rupert as a good substitute harbour ahead of global conflict I broke out.
For this booklet, Frank Leonard had entry to a wealth of unique records, between them the GTP criminal division records, supplying him with insights into the choices that shaped the root for guidelines in townsites and on Indian reserves. A Thousand Blunders is a provocative account of 1 of the best mess ups in Canadian entrepreneurial background. Richly special and carefully documented, it makes an incredible contribution to the fields of railway and company heritage, in addition to to the examine of the heritage of northern British Columbia.
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At the meeting, Morse produced a sheaf of telegrams to demonstrate how the GTP management had distanced itself from Russell. 88 Though the company had paid the entire price of the reserve to the department in December 1906, it had persuaded the department to hold back forwarding even the first instalment to the Native people in order to delay completing the formal alienation of the reserve. By the end of April, the band was becoming restless at the delay in receiving the first payment. The local Indian agent informed the department that the band held him personally responsible.
45 For a payment to Larsen of $26,510, less than $ 17 per acre, the company had acquired the first suburbs for its terminus. When Anderson made a trip north in March 1904 to survey precise parcels of land for the original purchase of 10,000 acres, however, he covered both sides of Tuck's Inlet with stakes lettered 'GTP,' an obvious indication of the company's intentions. T. Kane, a Vancouver millwright, took up six transferable grants of 160 acres each from South African veterans and filed for 960 acres and a 160acre preemption on Kaien Island.
12 Perhaps Hays actually believed a preposterous claim that construction of a second main line across northern British Columbia would immediately produce an astounding growth in net receipts. '13 Hays's advocacy of the British Columbia line stemmed not only from his imaginative predictions of traffic: it also rested on returns he 21 Prince Rupert's zone of influence. First appeared in the Prince Rupert Journal, 4 July 1911. Entry into British Columbia, 1902-12 expected from townsite development along the line.