My friend and colleague, Lorena Franchuk, alerted me to the fact that the legendary Calgary Sun photographer and columnist, Mike Drew, was on CBC Radio earlier today.
While I don’t know him personally, Mike was a great inspiration to me in the early days of this project. I was pleased to hear he and I are clearly cut from the same cloth, as he adheres to the same philoshphy on the Rockies as myself: you’ve seen one mountain, you’ve seen them all.
Be sure to listen in here:
The interview was also notable for the surprising amount of time taken discussing the desert outpost of Hemaruka.
Located roughly about half-way between Veteran and Youngstown on SH 884, this almost forgotten prairie burg is notable for its name, which is derived from a rather prolific railroad official named Warren:
The name for this hamlet, previously known as “Zetland,” was changed in 1927. It is a combination of the first two letters of the names of the four daughters of A.E. Warren, general manager, Central Region, Canadian National Railways. The names of the four girls were Helen, Margaret, Ruth and Kathleen. Mr. Warren had been a senior executive of both the Canadian Northern Railway and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and, after the Canadian National Railways absorbed both, held various posts with the C.N.R.– Place Names of Alberta – Volume III
This site even received a mention in passing, coming up in the host’s Google Search for “Hemaruka”. While it was only five seconds with Mike Drew, I’ll take it.