A glorious summer sojourn in the Special Areas

  Founded about 1925, the now extinct settlement of Naco, Alberta derived its name from a town and former military post on the Arizona – Mexico border. According to the font of all knowledge, Wikipedia, the word “Naco” means “nopal cactus” in the extinct Ópata language of Sonora in Mexico. Wikipedia also states that “nopal” […]

#FABTrip15: We end up in Empress

Constructed in 1914, the former C.P.R. railway station at Empress is located in a railway cut, situated on the north end of the village. During its hey-day, Empress served as a divisional point along the now-abandoned “Royal Line”, which operated between Empress and Bassano from 1914 to 1997. The Royal Line is so-named as Empress, […]

Historic images of western Canadian towns can be found at Prairie-towns.com

(Hover over image to activate slideshow options – Slides courtesy of Glen Lundeen / prairie-towns.com) The launch of Prairie-towns.com 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 […]