Joseph Howe spoke to the idea of constructing an intercolonial railway at the Mason’s Hall in Halifax. “I am neither a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, yet I will venture to predict that in five years we shall make the journey hence to Quebec and Montreal, and home through Portland and St. John, by rail; and I believe that many in this room will live to hear the whistle of the steam engine in the passes of the Rocky Mountains, and to make the journey from Halifax to the Pacific in five or six days.” (Speech of the Hon. Joseph Howe). (Image: Joseph Howe’s vision eventually came true – a map of the Intercolonial Railway, 1877. Wikipedia Creative Commons.)