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Black and White Grocery

Black and White Grocery

In the days before 7-11s and Macs, one shopped at local mom and pop corner stores located right in that person’s own neighbourhood. They used to be everywhere, a place to pick up a jug of milk and loaf of bread on the way home from work. They were a magnet for kids who’d flock […]

Calgary then and now - those 70s condos

Calgary then and now – those 70s condos

The unique chalet style A-frame condos seen here are clearly a product of the the late 1970s, they scream it, and were interesting enough to be included in an article published in National Geographic magazine, many years ago; not as the main subject matter mind you, but still seen none the less. We’ve taken that […]

Little red engines

Little red engines

Sometimes we just sit and watch trains go by. We have a special spot in town were we do this, that we call our own, along a section of public pathway with some grass to sit upon, that parallels the CPR’s mainline just east of the Alyth Yards. The action is usually good here and […]

Little red caboose

Little red caboose

The little red caboose seen in this article is located at the Stettler Alberta museum and can be viewed by anyone visiting that venue. Once owned by Canadian National Railways, it was originally a boxcar built in 1918, so darn near a century ago, that in the 1950s was converted to its present form. Before […]

Egg on wheels

Egg on wheels

After looking at this Boler, it’ll be clear why many people refer to them as eggs on wheels, especially so if coloured white, as this pale example is. You’d lose it in a snowstorm for sure and looks how it blends so well into the featureless sky behind. This Boler was spotted in the neighbourhood […]

Bridge Hunting - St George's Island (12th St SE - Zoo)

Bridge Hunting – St George’s Island (12th St SE – Zoo)

Built over a hundred years ago, the rather spindly looking St George’s Island (12th St SE or Zoo Island) bridge still carries traffic, although its future is somewhat up in the air. Crossing the mighty Bow River just east of downtown Calgary, it connects the community of Inglewood, with others in the north via a […]

Lemsford SK school

Lemsford SK school

An “almost” ghost town, Lemsford Saskatchewan is located in the western part of that province and is home to a little brick schoolhouse, a nice one too, that’s sadly seen better days. Long since closed as learning facility, it was later used for grain storage (as strange as that seems) but today is abandoned. It’s […]

Compressor Plant

Compressor Plant

This report we tour the compressor building at the historic Turner Valley Gas Plant, just south of Calgary. Inside this long cavernous structure is a bank of ancient engines with integral compressors, the size of which are are hard to describe. They’re big, really big…let’s call them behemoths! These were used to pump gaseous petroleum […]

Calgary Pathways - Bowness 'n' back loop

Calgary Pathways – Bowness ‘n’ back loop

This fairly long urban trek is part loop and part out and back and takes us west from Edworthy Park to our final destination, Bowness Park. Along the trip, paralleling and close to the Bow River much of way, we’ll pass through many parks, natural areas and green spaces via paved pathways. In addition we’ll […]

Bridge Hunting - Calgary 9th Ave Inglewood

Bridge Hunting – Calgary 9th Ave Inglewood

Spanning the Elbow River just before it empties into the Bow, the 9th Avenue road bridge connects the Calgary downtown core with communities to the east. Built just over a hundred years ago, this fine old structure sees heavy use and as such, according to the city anyway, is wearing out. Is anyone giving thought […]

Big Balls!

Big Balls!

The giant globe shaped tanks seen here are known as Horton Spheres and are located at the historic Turner Valley gas plant. Built in the the early 1940s, these “Big Balls” were used to store specialized gaseous products produced at the facility, most notably a World War Two era fuel additive used in fighter planes. […]

Calgary then and now - St Matthew Lutheran Church

Calgary then and now – St Matthew Lutheran Church

The fine looking church we’ll be discussing here is located in the old Calgary community of Bridgeland and is just over a century old. In fantastic shape given its age, over the years it has served two separate Christian based faiths. We’ll look at the building twice, first in the 1950s via an old photo […]

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