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E-Bay and Jaydot

View of overturned railway cars near Jaydot, AB – 1927 – Jason Paul Sailer collection

In February 2018, while looking through eBay, I came across a for-sale post of old black and white railway photos of a train wreck in Alberta.  Curiously, I clicked on the ad and saw five or so photos of various wrecked cars, with people milling about around them.

The last photo made my jaw drop, as it had written on the back “1927 – 1 mile west of Jaydot, AB”. 

I knew where Jaydot was (basically the middle of nowhere – i.e., extreme southeast Alberta), and was quite surprised to find these photos, especially since the line was completed by the CPR just five years before this derailment. 

I made my bid on the photos and I won the auction, so a few weeks afterwards an envelope from a Victoria, BC antique shop ended up in my mailbox.  Let’s step back a bit…

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“And God Created Manyberries”

“You’d like Manyberries if you ever came to visit. You might even fall in love with the place and decide to spend the rest of your life here. Nobody would ever address you as stranger because there are no strangers allowed in Manyberries. That is to say that people here are so friendly they see you as a potential friend the first time they meet you.” – Ron Wood, And God Created Manyberries