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The Lethbridge Viaduct, Old Man River, Lethbridge, Alberta (1968)

Lethbridge Viaduct
The Lethbridge Viaduct on the Canadian Pacific Railway, spanning the Oldman River at Lethbridge, Alberta, 1968. The bridge is 5327.6 feet long and stands 314 feet above the river bed. It was completed in 1909 and is still the largest railway structure in Canada. It replaced a smaller wooden trestle as part of a project to improve the CPR's route over Crowsnest Pass.
Source David Plowden, Winnetka, Illinois
Coverage Spatial, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Temporal, 1968
Rights David Plowden
Date Created 1968
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Extent 11 in. x 18 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Lethbridge, Alberta
Creator Description David Plowden says of himself that he stays one step ahead of the wrecking ball in recording "vanishing America." He started with steam locomotives, and has moved to the many changes he has observed on the North American rural and industrial landscapes. He was born in 1932 in Boston, began learning darkroom techniques at the Putney School in Vermont in 1948, published his first photograph in 1954 (in "Trains"), graduated from Yale in 1955, worked for the Great Northern as an assistant to the trainmaster in Minnesota, eventually assisted photographer O. Winston Link, and began a full-time professional career in 1960-61. He has more than twenty photography books to his credit.
Collection David Plowden Collection
Institution
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