Per "Place Names of Alberta Volume II Southern Alberta".
The entry reads:
"Sharples was located on a Canadian Pacific Railway branch line from Acme to Drumheller. This siding was named after John Sharples, a railway foreman in Saskatoon, who won the Distinguished Conduct Medal in World War I. There were never any formal businesses located in Sharples, and it was merely used as a grain delivery point."
There are the remains of a grain elevator and some abandoned buildings. In the foreground of one of the photos you can see the concrete pillars where there was once a railway bridge. The remains of the rail line is getting overgrown and eroded in some places. I took some slight "liberties" with the the photos. Off to one side is a small gas plant and a little further down the road is a farm, neither of which I included in the pictures. This is one of those abandoned places which is just a few miles off of the highway.
I made an attempt to get here earlier this year. On March 1, 2015 the weather is just below freezing and clear which made it a good time to visit. The spring melt and rain can turn the back roads into mush. Frozen ground makes for great traction.
|Note old rail line and concrete pillars from where a bridge once stood leading up to the grain elevator|
|Long abandoned grain elevator|