John Breckenridge

One of the most beautiful and powerful monuments in Union Cemetery, The grieving figure of the woman contrasts with the polished and unpolished granite.

John Breckenridge came to Canada from Scotland and helped build parts of the Northern Pacific Railroad in Washington State. One of his major accomplishements took place in 1903 when his firm was contracted to re-open the rail line destroyed in the Frank Slide. The railroad tracks were covered in almost 50 ft of rubble from the collapse of Turtle Mountain; the line was re-opened in 16 days.