This issue came up before on a TRAINS discussion thread.
We need to be clear which Stephen station site we are discussing. I had opined on that thread that the original Stephen site was about 75-100 feet west (behind the photographer) of the monument. I later bought a set of all of the back issues of CP Tracks magazine and read a reprint of a travel guide for the Canadian printed about 1960. It said the original Stephen site was 205 feet west of the monument.
Then the WB grade reduction project was done at the end of the '70's, on the east side of the divide, and two changes occurred. Just east of the divide, on the Alberta side, a new station (siding) was created called Divide. And the current Stephen station (siding) is now 9/10's of a mile west from where this photo was taken.
In terms of today's situation, this photo could be described as either being taken at the "Continental Divide", or "several hundred feet west of Divide, Alberta station".
I was impressed remembering Mom and Dad waving their arms about and saying the old Stephen station was "here" and then forty years later reading about how accurate they had been! Dad was the 3rd trick Operator at Stephen when they first started going out together in '52-'53.
So shovel the coal, let this rattler roll.
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