Monday, 31 July 2017

Empress Hospital

The Empress Hospital was built in 1942 and served
the community until 1982 when a new hospital
was opened.

It's ghostly appearance doesn't seem to bother the
swallows.

Photographed on July 17, 2017.

Empress, Alberta, abandoned, hospital, border, swallows

Empress, Alberta, abandoned, hospital, border, swallows

Empress, Alberta, abandoned, hospital, border, swallows

Empress, Alberta, abandoned, hospital, border, swallows

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Saint Saviour's Anglican Church

Saint Saviour's Anglican Church was the first church
built in Foremost, Alberta.  It opened in 1914 and
closed in 1968, four years after its golden
anniversary.

It was eventually moved to a farm near Bow Island and
some years later it was donated to the Etzikom Museum
and Historical Windmill Center where it is now on
permanent display.

It's a lovely little church with a warm presence and
lots of historical charm.  Stop in for a look.

Etzikom is on the Red Coat Trail, east of Foremost and
Nemiscam, west of Orion and Manyberries.

Photographed on November 13, 2016.

church, Etzikom, Alberta, museum, windmill

church, Etzikom, Alberta, museum, windmill

church, Etzikom, Alberta, museum, windmill

church, Etzikom, Alberta, museum, windmill

church, Etzikom, Alberta, museum, windmill

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery and Saint James Church

This cemetery is just east of the Buffalo Trail and
northwest of Hilda, Alberta.  The records for the
cemetery have been lost, as is often the case with
pioneer cemeteries, but there are at least twenty-five
marked graves including several children.  It's
untended and mostly forgotten now amidst the
surrounding farmland.

Differing sources state that Saint James Church was
built on the site in 1924 (possibly 1919) and was in
service until 1965 (possibly the 1950s) when it closed.
After many years of neglect it was moved to the
Medicine Hat Stampede and Exhibition grounds where
it was restored to its current condition and is part of the
Pioneer Village permanent exhibit.  A happy ending
for the church.
     
A photo of the unrestored church in it's original
location can be seen here:
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2445418

More information on Pioneer Village can be found here:
http://www.mhstampede.com/venues/pioneer-village

Cemetery photographed on June 11, 2017.
Church photographed on July 25, 2017.

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored


Friday, 28 July 2017

Dragonfly

A dragonfly with black and yellow rings and
blue eyes.

Photographed on July 14, 2017.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, wildlife, dragonfly, blue eyes, insect

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Hollywood

Abandoned mobile home near Schuler, Alberta.

The first photo shows the lilacs in full bloom and the
the fifth reveals signs of a former flower garden. The
last photo shows that someone at the mobile home
factory had high hopes and big dreams.

Photographed on May 27, 2017.

abandoned, mobile home, Alberta, Schuler, lilacs, home

abandoned, mobile home, Alberta, Schuler, lilacs, home

abandoned, mobile home, Alberta, Schuler, lilacs, home

abandoned, mobile home, Alberta, Schuler, lilacs, home

abandoned, mobile home, Alberta, Schuler, lilacs, home

abandoned, mobile home, Alberta, Schuler, lilacs, home

abandoned, mobile home, Alberta, Schuler, lilacs, home

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Brooks Aqueduct

The Brooks Aqueduct is a national and provincial historic
site located southeast of Brooks, Alberta.  It was built
between 1912 and 1914 and spans a 3.2 kilometre valley.
At the time it was the largest reinforced concrete
structure in the world.  Water flowed through the
aqueduct from 1915 until 1979 when it was replaced
by a new canal.

When the water in the aqueduct reached the train tracks
it was channelled through an inverted siphon under the
tracks; the siphon then returned the water to the
aqueduct on the other side of the tracks.

Stop for a look if you're in the area.  There are
information kiosks at the site as well as an
interpretive centre that is open during the
summer months.

For more information about this engineering feat:

http://www.history.alberta.ca/brooksaqueduct/
http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=2895

Photographed on June 26, 2017.

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Brooks, Alberta, aqueduct, historic, irrigation, canal

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Two Bucks

Two bucks in a coulee west of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
They blend in well with the landscape.  I'm sure they
spotted me before I spotted them.  

Photographed on July 7, 2017.

wildlife, deer, Medicine Hat, Alberta, coulee, buck

Monday, 24 July 2017

Honeycomb Lights

A large old maple tree sits in front of a honeycomb tile
wall at the Medicine Hat Public Library. The space
between the honeycomb tile wall and the solid brick
wall behind it has been equipped with lighting that
smoothly fades through the light spectrum.

The honeycomb tile wall dates back several decades
while the lighting was installed just a few years ago;
a colourful update.

For city residents the annual membership fee is
only $5.00 and they offer everything from printed
books and recorded music to movies and ebooks.
The light show is free for everyone.
It's hard to beat that.

Libraries are great!  Support your public library.    

Photographed on July 22, 2017.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, library, lighting, honeycomb, tiles, maple

Medicine Hat, Alberta, library, lighting, honeycomb, tiles, maple

Medicine Hat, Alberta, library, lighting, honeycomb, tiles, maple

Medicine Hat, Alberta, library, lighting, honeycomb, tiles, maple

Medicine Hat, Alberta, library, lighting, honeycomb, tiles, maple

Medicine Hat, Alberta, library, lighting, honeycomb, tiles, maple