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Cutsyke

The Last Spike

I think I once recommended Klondike Fever on here, if I did and you read and enjoyed it this book will be right up your street. Story of the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Same author, Piree Berton. He has a great way with words, picks up on the little things, the everyday aspects of history as well as the macro stuff.

On the establisment of Brandon, a railroad town that sprang up after the McVicar bothers tried to bargin hard for a railroad stop on their land and the railroad fucked 'em off and moved the sation 2 miles futher west.

First resturant was a plank of wood on two buckets, a keg of cider, a pail of water, two glasses and a badger chained to a post to attract custom, run by a cockney.

Unfortunate who sold his land for 6 pairs of socks, some smokes, a $18s and a ticket back to Liverpool in steerage. Same piece of land later sold for $80,000s.

Amazing times, if you homesteaded land, built a dwelling, farmed the land the government gave you that land. Tough times no doubt but talk about opportunity.
Late Doors

sounds good. I doubt the native Indians would agree about the opportunities though
Apart from the badger and the cockney that restaurant sounds like Chiefies, huddersfields first curry house
sheeps

Late Doors wrote:
sounds good. I doubt the native Indians would agree about the opportunities though
Apart from the badger and the cockney that restaurant sounds like Chiefies, huddersfields first curry house



Sounds like Pontefract's latest.
Dock

Re: The Last Spike

Cutsyke wrote:
I think I once recommended Klondike Fever on here, if I did and you read and enjoyed it this book will be right up your street. Story of the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Same author, Piree Berton. He has a great way with words, picks up on the little things, the everyday aspects of history as well as the macro stuff.

On the establisment of Brandon, a railroad town that sprang up after the McVicar bothers tried to bargin hard for a railroad stop on their land and the railroad fucked 'em off and moved the sation 2 miles futher west.

First resturant was a plank of wood on two buckets, a keg of cider, a pail of water, two glasses and a badger chained to a post to attract custom, run by a cockney.

Unfortunate who sold his land for 6 pairs of socks, some smokes, a $18s and a ticket back to Liverpool in steerage. Same piece of land later sold for $80,000s.

Amazing times, if you homesteaded land, built a dwelling, farmed the land the government gave you that land. Tough times no doubt but talk about opportunity.


Sounds great Cuts. Had a look at it on T'Amazon after you posted on Twitter.

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