R.I.P. Anne Cameron (1938 – 2022)

The writing voice of Anne Cameron (left) will remain as unmistakable as the singing voice of Buffy Sainte-Marie or Joni Mitchell. See obituary here.FULL STORY

 

 

BC bridges

October 18th, 2022

It would be putting it mildly to say that BC’s rugged geography presented challenges to road and rail builders. Engineers and construction workers faced formidable barriers as detailed in Derek Hayes’ latest book, Incredible Crossings: The History and Art of the Bridges, Tunnels and Ferries That Connect British Columbia (Harbour $46.95). Bridge building in BC is rife with danger during demolition by blasting and unexpected collapses (as Stompin’ Tom eulogized in his Bridge Came Tumbling Down song about the construction of Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in 1958 when 19 men were killed after parts of the unfinished structure collapsed into the Burrard Inlet in a windstorm). Hayes covers suspension bridges, cable-stayed bridges, both wooden and steel trusses, and more. There were once five covered bridges and only one is left today. Hayes travelled BC to find the most interesting crossings and he combines hundreds of photos with the most compelling stories about the province’s transportation connections. Will appeal to engineering and transportation buffs as well as anyone interested in the story of BC. 9781550179903

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