Surveying the Great Divide

By Jay Sherwood

Surveying the Great Divide
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First in new photobook series geared to surveying buffs from prolific author and historian, Jay Sherwood.In 1917 Canada commemorated its 50th anniversary against the backdrop of World War I. Although the war effort was the main focus of the federal and provincial governments, ... Read more


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First in new photobook series geared to surveying buffs from prolific author and historian, Jay Sherwood.In 1917 Canada commemorated its 50th anniversary against the backdrop of World War I. Although the war effort was the main focus of the&nbspfederal and provincial governments, some important projects continued. The Alberta-BC boundary survey, which had started in 1913 during an&nbspeconomic boom in western Canada, continued to receive funding throughout the war. It was quintessentially a Canadian project - talented&nbspCanadian surveyors using the most modern equipment available, transported by horses and humans through rugged wilderness country to&nbspmountain passes and the summits of peaks along the Great (Continental) Divide.Throughout their journey, the surveyors documented their work, leaving behind not only a comprehensive collection of letters and journals, but&nbspalso one of the most extensive collections of surveying photography in North America. The survey crew climbed many mountains, taking&nbsppictures from the peaks that were later used to create the first detailed maps of the Great Divide. Today scientists are taking repeat&nbspphotographs at the same locations, documenting the dramatic changes the have occurred in the Rocky Mountain landscape during the past&nbspcentury.One hundred years later, as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Jay Sherwood's SURVEYING THE GREAT DIVIDE&nbspoffers a testimony to the fortitude of the survey crews who risked their lives working in remote, mountainous terrain documenting the boundary&nbspbetween Alberta and BC.

Jay Sherwood

Jay Sherwood is a historian and retired teacher-librarian who worked in surveying for several years. He is the author of six BC history books, including SURVEYING NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA (Caitlin Press, 2004), SURVEYING CENTRAL BRITISH COLUMBIA (Royal British Columbia Museum, 2007), RETURN TO NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA (Royal British Columbia Museum, 2010), FURROWS IN THE SKY: THE ADVENTURES OF GERRY ANDREWS (Royal British Columbia Museum, 2012), IN THE SHADOW OF THE GREAT WAR (Royal British Columbia Museum, 2013), and SURVEYING SOUTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA (Caitlin Press, 2014), which was shortlisted for the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing. Three have won awards, including two from the series about Frank Swannell. Jay was also the editor for BANNOCK AND BEANS (Royal British Columbian Museum, 2009), Bob White's account of the Bedaux Expedition.

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