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Alderson: The past remains

At Alderson, a former village along the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline, northwest of Medicine Hat, time and freight roll on – but the past remains.

To echo the thoughts included within the preface to Empire of Dust (see below), it should be a historic site. There are stories to be told there.

Split personality. 

X” marks the spot.

Looking southeast down Bowell Street, Alderson

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Alderson Cemetery

At Alderson Cemetery, the dead of a halcyon era keep silent vigil over a community that, like themselves, passed from existence long ago.

Volunteers from the Redcliff Lions Club maintain the cemetery here, ensuring that a century after its founding, the spirit of this bygone community lives on.

A few notes on the video: The gas plant down the road was the source of (most of) the incessant ambient humming in the video. Fortunately, the drone was punctuated by occasional contributions from the local meadowlark and other feathered friends.

Most importantly, many thanks to my better half, Amanda, for tackling the voiceover; and also for selecting the poem, “But not forgotten”, by American poet, Dorothy Parker.

Bow City getting village status historical marker

Good news everyone! From the Brooks Bulletin, intrepid scribe Rob Brown informs the masses that the Province of Alberta has approved Vulcan County’s application for a historical marker at the site of the former Village of Bow City (reproduced below).

A big thank you is owed to Liza Dawber and Vulcan County for their work approving and submitting the Heritage Marker application, and the community partners who supported the application.

Bow City getting village status historical marker

Just in time for next week’s 100th anniversary of becoming a village, Bow City has been awarded a historical marker noting the fact.
On July 13, 1914 Bow City was incorporated as a village.

Last week, Jonathan Koch, an avid historian working on the recognition project, said the province notified him a marker is forthcoming.

He says it is important to recognize the past.

“We certainly do run the risk of losing our history if these aren’t marked and people aren’t doing the work,” he says.

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