Railway Centennial Mural, 1998

This massive mural on the wall of Mountain Man Outdoors marks one hundred years since the train came to town. 

The City of Cranbrook commissioned local painter/muralist Joseph Cross to create a series of scenes marking significant moments in the city's rail history. "It took me a while to put it together," says Cross. "I had it all planned out and when it was time to paint it, it turns out I'd been given the wrong dimensions. I had to stretch and squash the whole thing a bit." 

Depicted are diesel and steam trains, scenes from Cranbrook's economic development, and a large portrait of Colonel James Baker, the politician and city founder who was instrumental in routing the incoming CPR line through Cranbrook instead of Fort Steele. Another scene depicts the 1927 arrival of HRH Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) at the Cranbrook CPR Station. The Prince was a close friend of James Baker's older brother Valentine; the Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg (an important part of which now resides in Cranbrook) was named for his wife: Alexandra, Princess of Wales.