Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Pittsburg of Canada

Caption included with photo: “This block of coal, being from top to bottom of the seam, was banded with wood at the mine, hauled 25 miles to Brooks C.P.R. station over prairie trail taken to Regina over freight train unloaded on to a wagon, hauled to the exhibition grounds and placed on stand, bands removed […]

Bow City Townsite

Survey of the Bow City townsite, circa. 1910-11 with additional concept plan for W1/2 10-17-17 W4 by Canadian Pittsburg (sic) Realty Company. Provincial Archives of Alberta Once a mine had been opened along the south bank of the Bow River, Bow City Collieries Ltd. began to focus their attention on promotion of the townsite it […]

The Story of the Vulcan Hotel

The Vulcan Hotel has a unique place in the history of Southern Alberta.  One of the most notable geological events of the recent history of the area, the collapse of Turtle Mountain in the Crowsnest Pass and the resulting formation of Frank Slide, played a large role in the dynamic history of this building.  Following […]

Bow City – the Metropolis of Southern Alberta

Save for the odd foundation or slag heap amidst the short native grasses, as you head west on Hwy. 539 past the Bow City Bridge, little evidence remains to be seen of the village that many predicted would give Calgary a run for the title of biggest city on the Bow. However, in the years […]