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

2 comments:

  1. Truly an impressive structure!

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    1. That it is and it's even more impressive in person.

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