This photograph depicts a freight car of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), the railway line most closely associated with the ideals of Confederation, as it promised to physically unite Canada and Canadians from coast to coast.
Rail was important for Ontario’s resource development, as it opened up territories to provide access to the province’s raw materials and natural environment. As this image demonstrates, rail is never the last stop on a person’s or a commodity’s journey; here, horses are needed to complete the final leg of the voyage!
This CPR photograph is from the Archives of Ontario’s William Hampden Tenner fonds (C 311), which includes images of life in northern Ontario during the early 1900s. William Hampden Tenner was a farmer and an amateur photographer situated between Emo and Devlin, Ontario in the Rainy River District.