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The Canadian Pacific terminal at Seymour and Cordova. It's the third terminal on the site and was built a decade after Grainger wrote. He would have known this building, however, since he stayed in B.C. until his death in 1941. In those later years, he headed the B.C. Forest Service and, later, a company exporting B.C. wood. (Odd coincidence: both he and H.R. McMillan would make the jump from running the government's forest service to running companies logging those forests.) This station marks, of course, the western terminus of Canada's first transcontinental railroad. The neighborhood Grainger writes about lies to the right, where the track runs east along the waterfront. Those columns, by the way, are leftover water mains, and the Ionic capitals are the front bogeys from old locomotives. All right, all right; that's baloney, but the columns are pretty ugly, and the capitals do look a bit like wheels, no?

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