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Lost in Neidpath

Lost in Neidpath

There is not much left in Neidpath Saskatchewan, just a couple empty houses, some crumbling foundations, a tiny church, and off in the distance, two old grain elevators. As abandoned and forgotten places go, it’s not terribly big nor all that showy, but for reasons neither of us can fully explain, how it all fits […]

Prairie Sentinels - Hussar Alberta

Prairie Sentinels – Hussar Alberta

Not that long ago the small community of Hussar Alberta had an pretty good size “elevator row”, a half dozen prairie sentinels in a neat little line right beside the railway tracks. Fast forward to today and all but one of those buildings mentioned are gone, and the trains, well, they no longer visit. It’s […]

Calgary then and now - Lougheed House

Calgary then and now – Lougheed House

In this then and now post we’ll be checking out Calgary’s historic Lougheed House, a fine looking palatial mansion, over a hundred and twenty years old. The first image is from 1914 and comes from a vintage postcard, the second, taken a century later by the BIGDoer.com crew, shows how it looks today. As you […]

GMC 470

GMC 470

The fine old truck we’re looking at in this post is a late 40s/early 50s GMC model 470, found in a industrial section of Calgary. This brute is a tractor used to pull trailers and shared the same sheet metal as the smaller GMC pickups of the era. That’s why it might look familiar. It’s […]

Pinball!

Pinball!

If you want to play pinball in Calgary there are only a few spots where these machines can be found, one of them being the Flames Community Arena in the southwest. Owned and maintained by enthusiasts, they are kept in fine running order. Every now and then old machines are pulled, replaced by new ones. […]

Empress and Cabana

Empress and Cabana

Making our way down a random street, as we are apt to do, in an industrial section of Calgary, we stumble across an interesting pair of motorhomes not far from each other. Both are pretty darn old, dating from the 1970s or thereabouts, and are known as an Empress and Cabana respectively. Neither is or […]

Linclon, or is that Ƨeventh?

Linclon, or is that Ƨeventh?

I’m not sure what’s more interesting, that Lincoln Ave/Seventh Ave NW in Calgary has a century old identity crisis or the rather poor spelling skills that cement workers from era appeared to have back then? What a fun bit of history, a street that one time was named one thing, and then soon after another, […]

Highway Boler

Highway Boler

Most of the time the Bolers we spot are parked, usually where their owners stores them – in such places as alleys, on driveways, in back yards or occasionally RV lots – and rarely do we see them on the road. But every now and them we pass one, sometimes going the other way and […]

Pleasington Lutheran Church

Pleasington Lutheran Church

The Pleasington Lutheran Church is a fine looking building at around a century old and is located in a wonderful and scenic setting on the big sky Alberta prairies. Lovingly cared for, services and community events, along with weddings and funerals, are held here on occasion. A cemetery next door adds a somber note to […]

Bonanza

Bonanza

It’s been at least twenty years, if not a great deal more, since we’ve seen a Bonanza Restaurant. Remember that chain, all the rage way back when? You’d pair a steak (typically, since they were known as Bonanza Steakhouses) or some other entree, with an all you could eat salad bar. We thought they went […]

Edmonton Transit then and now – High Level Bridge

Edmonton Transit then and now – High Level Bridge

Welcome to another Edmonton Transit then and now post. For this one we station ourselves at the south end of the impressive High Level Bridge just opposite downtown. In the then picture, a trolley coach is seen negotiating the wicked s-curve at the end of that structure. Our goal, duplicate that shot as best we […]

Calgary then and now - Heritage Park cemetery and NWMP barracks

Calgary then and now – Heritage Park cemetery and NWMP barracks

The then and now photos in this series were shot at Calgary’s Heritage Park. Captured in 1969 and 2014 respectively, they show a cemetery in the foreground and in back, a police barracks. Since nothing is supposed to change here, remember it’s a museum after all, naturally things today are much as they were back […]

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