“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Newell County, Alberta

River in the Sky Marker image, Touch for more information
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River in the Sky Marker
1Alberta, Newell County, Brooks — River in the SkyThe river runs … slowly
Water flowed through the Brooks Aqueduct every year from 1915 until it was replaced in 1979. The engineers who built the Aqueduct planned a delivery rate of about 900 cubic feet (25 cu. m) of water per second. The Aqueduct never managed it. From the . . . Map (db m196947) HM
2Alberta, Newell County, Brooks — River in the SkyOver and under
Getting the water in and out of the Aqueduct wasn't the only challenge. As it marched across the valley it would run smack into the CPR tracks. The Aqueduct as planned was not high enough for trains to go under it. And the construction required to . . . Map (db m196952) HM
3Alberta, Newell County, Brooks — River in the SkyThe CPR bows out, the farmers bow in
Many settlers in the Eastern Irrigation Section had a hard time in the 1920s and 1930s. Low grain prices, deteriorating soils from alkali seepage into fields, and inexperience with irrigation farming techniques were some of the problems. Even though . . . Map (db m196954) HM
4Alberta, Newell County, Brooks — River in the SkyWorking on the shell: The joints
1916 “On April 6 … a camp … was located at the aqueduct for the purpose of tightening and repacking the metal bands at six expansion joints, and also of putting on additional bands … Total cost $160.00.” 1917 “Work was started on . . . Map (db m196955) HM
5Alberta, Newell County, Brooks — The Brooks Aqueduct/L’aqueduc de Brooks
[English] The CPR built this reinforced concrete aqueduct between 1912 and 1914. It was part of a large irrigation scheme using water diverted from the Bow River to transform 55,000 hectares east of Brooks from semi-arid rangeland to farmland . . . Map (db m196937) HM
6Alberta, Newell County, Brooks — The River Runs DryThe River in the Sky comes down to earth
“So he grabbed hold of a pick, he just kind of lifted it up a bit and then drove it right through, right through the bowl. Well, as the pick went through the bowl his hair stood straight up on end, I can assure . . . Map (db m196950) HM
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7Alberta, Newell County, Brooks — Welcome to the Brooks Aqueduct
In the early 1900s the Canadian Pacific Railroad began construction of a huge irrigation project in Alberta comprising over a million hectares (3 million acres). Part of this original block land grant to the railway is now known as the Eastern . . . Map (db m196941) HM
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Mar. 22, 2023