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Saskatchewan: old vehicles and equipment part 3

Saskatchewan: old vehicles and equipment part 3

In the final installment in this series we look at broad range of old cars and trucks, dating from the 1920s and up, found on our spring 2014 Saskatchewan trip. The province is that good, a real treasure chest of fun and excitement for those who search out vintage vehicles and in every town passed […]

Prairie Sentinels – Coaldale Alberta

Prairie Sentinels – Coaldale Alberta

The central structure in the large complex seen here is a vintage wooden grain elevator. Located in Coaldale Alberta, it dates from the 1930s while the metal bins that flank either side are much newer. Today a specialized firm works out this facility and they store grain, feed, fertilizer and other granular agricultural products for […]

Galt Mine #8

Galt Mine #8

In production from 1934-1957, Galt #8 was the last coal mine in the Lethbridge area. Remains seen today include a head frame, water tower and work shops. Once owned by the CPR, now in private hands, the operation sits right beside the famous Lethbridge Viaduct train bridge, the longest and highest of its type in […]

Nash-Nash-Ford

Nash-Nash-Ford

While traveling forgotten back roads, as we are apt to do, we often unexpectedly and completely by chance stumble across some really interesting finds. We’ve discovered long abandoned homesteads or farms, or their remains, vintage equipment and old cars and trucks by the score. Included in the latter category are the three old autos seen […]

Sunset on an old barn

Sunset on an old barn

With scant time to spare before the sun set completely, fellow history buff Jon Dirks and I take a few minutes, in waning light, to explore a barn near the town of Gleichen, east of Calgary. A barn is a barn right? Sure, but this one is a little different and is simply huge in […]

Lynnwood Boler

Lynnwood Boler

While searching through some old photos we found this unpublished image showing a “big” 17 foot Boler (when they we’re designed Canada still used the Imperial system). Well, we’ll have to fix that and post it. This example was found in the Calgary Community of Lynnwood way back in October of 2013. Many large Bolers […]

Journey of Natty Gann – party place

Journey of Natty Gann – party place

The 1985 Disney film The Journey of Natty Gann is set in the dark days of the 1930s depression and tells the story of a young girl. She with her father live in a dumpy old hotel in Chicago. He soon heads west, alone, in search of work, leaving behind Natty in the care of […]

Horseshoe Dam

Horseshoe Dam

Just over century old, the Horseshoe Dam (also called the Horseshoe Falls Dam) is located along the Bow River in the foothills west of Calgary. This massive concrete structure was the very first sizable hydroelectric facility in Alberta and to this day continues to supply power for the province’s needs. Seldom seen by the general […]

Bow River walk

Bow River walk

This “urban” hike we follow a route which parallels the Bow River southwards from a point just east of downtown Calgary, a journey that takes us through a huge number of varied environments. We pass though and by grimy industrial areas and railways yards, neglected city parks, wooded river flats, beside and under many busy […]

Bridge Hunting – Cochrane - Mitford Alberta

Bridge Hunting – Cochrane – Mitford Alberta

Digging into the archives from a few years back, we find some photos showing a massive railway bridge located on the CPR’s busy east/west mainline in the former town of Mitford, very near Cochrane. This structure is old and in times now gone, it once saw the passing of many steam trains. Now it supports, […]

Boler Love

Boler Love

Someone must love their little Boler. Check out the plate seen in the window of this 17 foot example, found in the old and established Calgary community of Inglewood. This trailer has been outfitted with air conditioning. That option was never offered by the factory, at least based on the research we’ve done, but over […]

Conrad Alberta

Conrad Alberta

Conrad Alberta still merits a dot on most maps, even though there is really nothing left of the town, save for a couple homes, the moribund remains of a CPR branch line and the old station sign next to the tracks. The community was established in the 1910s and never home to more then a […]

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