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A Photographic Memory

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Gallery - The Rocky Mountain Ranges

The completion of Canada's first transcontinental railway line gave tourists direct access to the Canadian Rockies. From 1885 onwards, these mountain ranges became a photographic fascination; railway companies and government departments commissioned photos for promotional purposes and tourists created and purchased photographic souvenirs. Ultimately, photography helped make mountains synonymous with the Canadian West.

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