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Historic images of western Canadian towns can be found at Prairie-towns.com

(Hover over image to activate slideshow options – Slides courtesy of Glen Lundeen / prairie-towns.com)

The launch of Prairie-towns.com signals yet another online endeavour to preserve the history and heritage of Western Canadian communities.

Contained within the collection are over 2700 photos, many postcard images, from 400+ communities throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Amongst the total is are several pioneer-era postcards from southeast Alberta communities such as Alderson, Chinook, Orion and Suffield (see above) that have withered considerably, or disappeared altogether since the images were captured.

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Four S.E. Alberta heritage projects get funding

The Canadian Pacific Railway Station at Empress, as viewed from east of the 4th Meridian (2005).

Congratulations to heritage preservation projects in Empress, Medicine Hat, Redcliff and Taber that will split over $80,000 in grant funding from the province (details below, with project descriptions from Alberta Culture). A total of 58 projects across Alberta received provincial funding this time around. Still no word on whether the application from Vulcan County for the installation of a heritage marker at the village of Bow City was successful, but I remain hopeful.

Update: Good news everyone! No decision yet on the Bow City heritage marker, expect work one war or the other in June.

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2005 Forgotten Alberta Road Trip – Day Two

“To see what we can see.”

In late August 2005, my wife and I were joined by our friend, Greg, on a two-day journey through the southeastern Alberta outback. On the first day, we took the roads less travelled from Lethbridge to Medicine Hat, checking in at outposts such as New Dayton, Warner, Foremost, Manyberries and Onefour.

Following a stopover that night in Medicine Hat, our intrepid crew set out the next morning on a journey around the (British) Block. We got hopping at Schuler, checked out Hilda in the morning (my wife didn’t even mind), and enjoyed a side-trip to Saskatchewan for brunch at the Hilton. Upon our return to the promised land, we paid homage to the pillars of Alberta industry, and were ‘Empressed’ with what we saw.

On the final leg of our journey we became acquainted with the Royal Line, crossed from old Assiniboia into Alberta, and had a gas at Alderson.

Click here to check out day two of the 2005 Forgotten Alberta Road Trip.