Friday 30 June 2023

Working on my year end post

Since it is June 30th I am only half done.

49.58502, -114.95772

Yesterday's post was the old cemetery in Hosmer, British Columbia. This one features two of the old concrete buildings. There is a third one that is on private property. For a short time Hosmer was a coal mining town.

I do not know what these buildings were specifically used for.

It has been over thirty years since I have been here. I lived in the area when I was in Grade Eleven and Twelve. It is obviously more overgrown. Some areas inside someone put up fencing as a safety measure. You cannot see these from the main road, if you drove by you would not know they are here.

Remains of an old conveyor beside it.

There is a tunnel underneath the first one as well.

I dislike taggers but I have to admit this one has talent.

Second building.

Thursday 29 June 2023

Abandoned British Columbia

Hosmer Cemetery.

Hosmer began as a Canadian Pacific Railway company town. Coal mining started in 1908 and the Canadian Pacific Railway shut down production in 1914. At one time approximately one thousand two hundred people lived here. Now about a hundred people live here and there are few traces of what once existed.

The cemetery is long abandoned and partway up the mountain. A friend of mine and I tried to find it on June 24th. The GPS coordinates where it said it was were not were it was. We spent time tromping through the dense bush trying to find it. We flagged down a motorcyclist on a trail and asked him if hew knew where it was. He did and pointed us in the right direction. A bit of a walk and into a bit of an overgrown clearing and we were there. If you did not know where it was you would have an very hard time finding it. We had just missed finding it on our prior attempts.

This is a bit of an odd place. A couple of graves are close together, most are spread far apart. There are no rows and no pattern to the internments. It is so overgrown there are  unmarked and unknown graves and some marked ones that I know we did not spot them. There is no sign anywhere marking the cemetery.

Long collapsed fence marking a grave. Did not see any marker.

Chas. H. Bomford
Died December 14, 1910
Aged 32 years, 2 months, & 12 days

Unknown grave or graves.

You can barely make out the fence line for this unknown burial.

Arthur Jamesstore
1909 - 1916

Aley Sushko
Born May 19, 1887
Died Feb 23, 1914

In Italian
Qui Grace
Nato Il 19 Maggio
A Noi Crudelmente Rapito
IL 30 Luilo

Here Rests
Eugenio Menzachi
Born 19 May 1883
Cruelly Taken from Us
30 July 1909

In Loving Memory of
Daughter of R. & K. Anderson
Born Jan 29, 1904
December 14, 1912

Mike Knezaky
Born Sept 10, 1881
Died Feb 11, 1914

Wednesday 28 June 2023

Old truck collective

Going through my photos and rediscovered a number of old trucks. The older stuff had more character.

Monday 26 June 2023

Stone Butter Church

This is near Duncan, British Columbia.

Completed in 1870 by Roman Catholic missionary Father Peter Rondeault and only used for ten years. It was called the Stone Butter Church as the labour was paid for with butter churned from Father Rondeault's cows.

A friend who is visiting Vancouver Island sent this to me.

Saturday 24 June 2023

Vermilion Valley School

South of Holden, Alberta. Operated from 1904 to 1951. It is in poor condition and the roof has been breached so it is not long for this world.
                    - Dale Redekopp

Friday 23 June 2023

Wednesday 21 June 2023

Fun Stuff

Sunday, and just a little north of the Scobey, Montana border crossing . . .

. . . were this pair of metal sculptures that simply made me smile.  

Fun stuff!

- Michael Truman

Sunday 18 June 2023

Some weekends involve exploration and adventure

Other weekends it rains all weekend and you spend your time weeding out files and housecleaning.

Saturday I visited mom and did a few errands for her. It rained. Rain is good. Alberta has been hit with numerous wildfires. With luck the rain will kill them all.

Sunday I woke up, checked the forecast for anywhere I might have wanted to go and there was going to be rain everywhere. So I stayed home, downsized some stuff, went through some files, and set aside stuff to be shredded.

Some days you just have to take the time to deal with menial tasks.

Friday 16 June 2023

Elevator Friday

D'Arcy, Saskatchewan from Dale Redekopp.

Thursday 15 June 2023