Top Instagram shots from 2013 – #3

3. The cemetery at Travers, Alberta (2010)


This photo was taken in early August 2010 on the final leg of that year’s Forgotten Alberta Road Trip. The visit to Travers Cemetery was a pilgrimage of sorts for me, as four generations of my family have been laid to rest here over the span of a century. Forest fires in British Columbia were just beginning to cast an acrid haze over the countryside, something that is a little more apparent in the image below. This photo was also taken during the 2010 visit to Travers from a vantage point overlooking crop land and farms to the northwest.

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Top Instagram shots from 2013 – #4

4. Tide Lake roadster (2013)


Every now and then you find something out on the prairie that makes you think. This was one of them, an old abandoned roadster, miles from anything really, the engine and most of the interior removed, the remnants rusting away in the prairie sun. Naturally, or unnaturally, one’s mind tends to wander through all the morbid possibilities a scene like this presents. However, a more likely explanation for the Tide Lake roadster likely involves teenagers, an old beater, possibly some booze and too much time to kill. Or, maybe this just seemed like a good place to dump a car?

The photo below from the same day also makes you think, a creepy old shack out stuck on the prairie at Kinivie, southeast of Tilley. Perspective is everything of course, and what you can’t see are the corrals for the community pasture adjacent, which adds a little more context and removes most of the mystery from the scene.

Top Instagram Shots from 2013 – #6

6. The Hotel Tilley (2013)

Behold! The historic Hotel Tilley / Tilley Hotel, site of much of my misspent youth, and still a landmark in the former village of Tilley. I say former village, as Tilley was disorganized at the village’s request, and dissolved into Newell County effective August 31, 2013. The photos below were taken in July 2013 en route to Suffield and points southeast.


Next week: The countdown continues with photos 1-5.

Top Instagram shots from 2013 – #7

7. Scenes from Kinnondale, Alberta


Six on the list features two older photos taken in the former Kinnondale district of northeast Vulcan County. The first is entitled “Along the road to Amethyst (2010)”  a reference to a former school district and post office once located north of Hwy. 539. The photo below, “The Lunt Place (2007)”, is the former homestead of Joseph and Annie Lunt, who helped found and sustain the Kinnondale community during three decades of drought and hardship. The Lunts left Kinnondale in 1953.

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Chronicling the forgotten people and places of southern Alberta's Badlands region. 2014 Alberta Heritage Resources Foundation Heritage Awareness Award recipient.