Forgotten Alberta Revisited: The C.P.R’s Suffield Subdivision

I was honoured this past year to be asked to submit several pieces to the recently-released Lomond and District history book. I have written several articles about this are since starting the Forgotten Alberta project, many of which are based on previous compositions and columns now buried within the deepest, darkest recesses of this blog. One such article was the following history of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Suffield Subdivision. Originally a two-parter, I have combined both articles into a single essay, which hopefully is an improvement. Read on, and let me know what you think!

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#FABTrip16: Chatting with an icon in Orion

A licensed establishment, Orion #Alberta #Canada #mybadlands #explorealberta #FABTrip16 @gregfarries

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In what has become a #FABTrip tradition when travelling through the forgotten SE corner of Alberta, we stopped in the hamlet of Orion for a chat with Boyd Stevens: lifelong resident, proprietor of Stevens Hardware, and one of a half dozen souls remaining in the community. As per usual, Mr. Stevens was convivial and accommodating, while freely sharing historical insights and colourful stories about a pioneer-era community that is passing into history.

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#FABTrip16: Heading east along the Red Coat Trail

Still afloat. The last sentinel at Skiff #Alberta #Canada #explorealberta #grainelevator #mybadlands #fabtrip16 @gregfarries

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We left the metropolis Maybutt in the midst of rush hour, and joined the lunch hour commute along the Red Coat Trail (highway 61) towards Wrentham. Upon arrival, Jason Sailer kindly treated us to a tour of the Ogilvie wooden elevator, and afterward enduring his second interview of the day, we continued eastward towards Manyberries, our final destination for day one. Along the route we stopped at familiar haunts in Skiff and Etzikom, grabbed some lunch and parted ways with Jason in Foremost, and scouted out the former siding at Pakowki, a surprisingly historical spot.

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Question re. L J RANCH, Bow Island.

A question from Forgotten Alberta reader, C. Davis Broadway, on the blog today:

Does anyone have information related to L J RANCH, Bow Island.
I have an old Winchester rifle with that carved on the stock.
Very interesting…the rifle was manufactured in 1912, the founding date of Bow Island !

I will have a look-see, however I welcome your comments, suggestions, and of course, questions, in the comment section of this post, or email me at forgottenalberta@gmail.com.

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