From Spondin we continued eastward, skirting the fringe of the desert on our way to a date with Helen, Mary, Ruth and Kate – Hemaruka for short. Although possessing few amenities, this outpost on the plains was well-maintained, the hall was in good shape, and home improvements were underway on at least one residence. Judging by the lack of derelict structures, and proliferation of plaques within, Hemaruka appears to be a community that is determined not to disappear.  Next stop (s): Little Gem and Naco.  

09/15/15 Update: A photo of the Alberta Wheat Pool elevators that once stood at Hemaruka was sent to me by Twitter user @Norwester – thanks so much McGill!

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