There’s something doing at Dowling

It was a happy coincidence when I received a message recently from a gentleman named Bill McGillivray. Mr. McGillivray informed me he was once the Alberta Wheat Pool elevator agent at Dowling, a former railway siding and settlement about 10 miles north of the town of Hanna. “I lived in the dwelling attached to elevator […]

#FABTrip15: “Hanna to Scapa” or “Going with the Flow”

Rust in the wind. Near Hanna #Alberta #Canada #history #abandoned #truck #FABTrip15 @gregfarries A photo posted by Jonathan Koch (@forgotten_alberta) on Aug 18, 2015 at 3:31pm PDT Leaving Hanna, Greg and I traveled north towards Scapa,  tracing the route of the now-abandoned Hanna-Warden C.N.R. line. We paused at Dowling Lake to reflect, checked out Alberta’s newest (closed) […]

#FABTrip15: We see more of Hanna on Day Two

The Seymour Hotel in Hanna #Alberta #Canada #abandoned #hotel #mybadlands #FABTrip15 @gregfarries A photo posted by Jonathan Koch (@forgotten_alberta) on Aug 16, 2015 at 6:43pm PDT At the start of Day 2, we left behind the unfinished business to snoop around Hanna, before heading north to parts unknown. In our tour we came across a business that […]

#FABTrip15: The sun sets on Day One

Fair weather at night, road trippers delight! #Alberta #Canada #explorealberta #mybadlands #country #road #signs #FABTrip15 @gregfarries A photo posted by Jonathan Koch (@forgotten_alberta) on Aug 14, 2015 at 3:42pm PDT As the darkness slowly crept in from the west, Greg and I continued trucking eastward towards Hanna, our final destination on day one. By this time […]

Historic images of western Canadian towns can be found at

(Hover over image to activate slideshow options – Slides courtesy of Glen Lundeen / The launch of signals yet another online endeavour to preserve the history and heritage of Western Canadian communities. Contained within the collection are over 2700 photos, many postcard images, from 400+ communities throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Amongst the total is […]