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Still elevated but later – and cracked. If the unnamed photographer had turned his or her camera to the right (east) the hotel would not appear. The two “Alaska Piers” B and A – or alter 50 and 51 – appear on the left. The tower above them was the grand landmark of the Grand Trunk Pacific Dock on the north side of Colman Dock and just south of the waterfront fire station. The Canadian railroad’s pier is now all parking for the ferry’s use. When it was completed in 1911 the Grand Truck pier was “largest wooden pier in North America,” which means it was almost certainly such at least on the West Coast. The pier caught fire in 1914 and was reduced to scorched pilings. The Canadian’s rebuilt it without the tower.

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