One Kilometer Across, but 2000 feet down...
It must have been frustrating. You felt like you could almost reach out and touch the other side of the canyon. But between the two walls lay an unbridgeable gap. The only alternative was to go around, creating a chain of trestles and tunnels that hung on the sides of the canyon.
A Dream to Last a Lifetime
By the time McCulloch was done, he had fallen deeply in love with the land he had helped bridge with twin rails of steel. He would spend the rest of his life here, managing the KVR until his retirement in 1933. He lies buried in a cemetery in Penticton, a stone's throw from the route of the railway he built.
He was brilliant. He was an irascible Scot with a deep and abiding appreciation for Shakespeare (which is why you'll still see signs for Othello, Portia and Juliet on the Coquihalla Highway). He was cuttingly sarcastic. He was deeply loved by his employees and friends. He was a man who will always be remembered. Myra is a suitably impressive monument to a man like Andrew McCulloch.
Thousands of men were involved with the construction of the K.V.R., but it will always be most closely associated with one man: Andrew McCulloch.
Photos: Gord Hotchkiss and Kelowna Centennial Museum