As the sun lilted lazily towards the horizon, we made our way north from the Drumheller Valley towards a small community called Michichi. With the little hand pointing to seven, we continued easterly towards the Hand Hills, and the spectacular sunset to come.
The Wilsons. A spectacular homestead along Hwy. 849 near Drumheller #Alberta #Canada #FABTrip15 @gregfarries A photo posted by Jonathan Koch (@forgotten_alberta) on
According to the local history, the community of Michichi derives its name from the Cree word meaning “hand” or “little hand”. Located along an abandoned CNR branch line, Michichi is a once-bustling community that was buffeted by drought in the ’20s and ’30s. Although far from a ghost town, Michichi today is a shadow of its former self. #Alberta #Canada #history #FABTrip15 @gregfarries
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The Canadian National Railway’s Calgary to Saskatoon line, known as the Goose Lake Line, served Michichi from 1913 until 2010. Today the line is abandoned and has been mostly dismantled. #Alberta #Canada #CNR #railway #railroad #abandoned #history #FABTrip15 @gregfarries A photo posted by Jonathan Koch (@forgotten_alberta) on
- Thanks to Jim Pearson and his excellent website, vanishingsentinels.ca, for the info on the Goose Lake abandonment.
- A history of the People of Michichi