Thanks to Joe McFarland at CHQR770 yesterday for the amazing opportunity to talk about ghost towns – specifically (old) Bow City and Alderson (a.k.a Carlstadt, a.k.a. Langevin). It was lots of fun, with minimal stammering. I have embedded the podcast of yesterday’s broadcast below for your listening enjoyment. You can check out the scary situation […]
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: Up in smoke?
Greg, a devoted reader of Forgotten Alberta, recently visited the Alderson townsite, and provided us with the following update: Spent a day there lately. A fire had recently burnt all of the grass and any remaining crumbling wood structures. The landscape was as powdery fine as the suface of the moon, punctuated by fresh new […]
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 […]
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 […]