Forgotten Alberta

Sights and Stories of the Southeast

The story of Forgotten Alberta

On March 14, I was privileged to join a diverse lineup of presenters at Medicine Hat’s Esplanade Heritage and Cultural Centre for the second Pecha Kucha Night of 2014. It was an interesting and informative night for all involved, and I’d like to thank Pecha Kucha organizers for inviting me to present. For those who […]

Drought and desolation erased Kinnondale from the map

What a difference a decade makes. In 2003, my beloved Calgary Flames embarked on a season that would end one victory short of a Stanley Cup championship. A return to playoff form this season seems, well, very unlikely. Ten years ago, the province of Alberta was on the verge of becoming debt-free, and would record […]

Bow City – November 1924

Forgotten Alberta Road trip 2010

After a two year hiatus, our fourth Forgotten Alberta road trip was underway. Following an evening of revelry with hosts Mike & Karin (and cousin Steve), myself and my wheel-man Greg headed out from Brooks on the morning of August 17th to see what we could see. Running from Alderson to Armada in one day, […]

Walter spelled backwards

The C.P.R’s Suffield subdivision – Part Two of Two While rumours continued to surface about possible links to Lethbridge, the final destination of the Suffield subdivision remained a mystery well into 1913. On April 24, any hopes of a link up with Kipp were dashed when the Lethbridge Herald confirmed that the Suffield line would […]

The C.P.R’s Suffield subdivision – Part One

Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, barely a week passed by without somebody floating another proposal for a railroad running from one far-flung corner of Alberta to another. While the vast majority remained dreams and schemes, by 1930 around a dozen of these subdivisions actually made it off the drawing board in […]

Google Earth Map Icons: Railway sidings

Quite literally the network of railroad branch lines which crisscrossed the southeast after 1905 were the arteries that gave life to our corner of the province. Along these arteries were sidings, in essence parallel rail lines located roughly six to ten miles apart, which were designated during the initial survey of the rail route. Later, […]

“Homecoming Scotland” celebrates Irvine

Irvine, Alberta has gained some notoriety from its namesake in Scotland. An exhibition of photographs (not including the above, which is a rendering of one of my own) on display in the Scottish Parliament celebrate the community of Irvine in North Ayrshire’s association with the Alberta hamlet: One panel at the exhibition includes pictures of […]

Google Earth Map icons: Points of Interest

Points of interest for the purposes of this site are anything that serve to remind us of the people, places or events that helped to shape the character of the southeastern corner of our province. We’ve come across a number of them in our travels, and will no doubt come across many more before we’re […]

Google Earth Map icons: Photographs

Since 2003 my wife and I- and for three years with our friend and fellow Pilsner Club alumnus Greg- have logged many miles up and down the southeastern corner of the province. Basking in the sun and the serenity of the southeast, we’ve captured many of the region’s sights and highlights on film, and over […]

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    Drawing on 100+ years of family history in southeastern Alberta, Prairie Post columnist Jonathan Koch highlights the region's almost forgotten pioneer-era people and places.

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