Update: Alderson up in smoke

An update on Alderson, the past remains of which appear to have gone up in smoke. It appears a prairie fire swept through the area around August 14-15, leveling what little was left of the former village. Following up on his comment in an earlier post, Forgotten Alberta reader, Greg, has forwarded a number of pictures […]

Alderson: The past remains

At Alderson, a former village along the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline, northwest of Medicine Hat, time and freight roll on – but the past remains. To echo the thoughts included within the preface to Empire of Dust (see below), it should be a historic site. There are stories to be told there. Split personality.  X” marks […]

Alderson Cemetery

At Alderson Cemetery, the dead of a halcyon era keep silent vigil over a community that, like themselves, passed from existence long ago. Volunteers from the Redcliff Lions Club maintain the cemetery here, ensuring that a century after its founding, the spirit of this bygone community lives on. A few notes on the video: The gas plant down the […]

The story of Forgotten Alberta

On March 14, I was privileged to join a diverse lineup of presenters at Medicine Hat’s Esplanade Heritage and Cultural Centre for the second Pecha Kucha Night of 2014. It was an interesting and informative night for all involved, and I’d like to thank Pecha Kucha organizers for inviting me to present. For those who […]

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 […]