Agnes McDonald’s Railroad Adventure

By: danooar

Mar 09 2014

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“I did not think of the danger. My mind was not on the precarious post I had because I could gaze at the glaciers, the shadows playing on the distant peaks, the hundreds of rainbows made by the foaming, dashing river. I laughed out loud on that cowcatcher. It was so delightful!”

Agnes McDonald, the wife of Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. McDonald spoke those words as she perched on the cowcatcher at the front of a train. In 1886 Agnes and Sir John A. were guests on the maiden journey of the new Canadian Pacific Railway to Banff, Alberta. Exasperated with seeing the splendor of the Rockies only through the glass of the train window, Agnes declared she would put a box up on the cowcatcher of the train and ride there. The train engineer was appalled and tried to dissuade her. He insisted she receive the…

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