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18 Jul 2002
As the west bound train of the Canadian Pacific Railway approaches
the first crossing of the Bow River, the view from the car window
becomes full of interest. The valley converges as the old town site
is reached. The walls of the "cut bank" to the north exclude
the view in that direction. To the south rounded dome shaped hills
stretch far away, interrupting the view of the mountains. To the west
the valley is seen extending until it blends with the foot hills or
is lost in the shadows of those great granite cones towards which
straining eyes are directed. The immediate view is rich and picturesque,
while beyond to the west it becomes majestic to sublimity.
The immediate view is rich and picturesque, while beyond
to the west it becomes majestic to sublimity.
The soil in the immediate vicinity of the town is not of the best
quality, but at a distance arying from two to four miles it becomes
extremely fertile. Ranches and farms extend along the Bow and the
Elbow Rivers and Fish Creek. It is on the latter that is situated
the farm of Mr. John Glenn, an old time granger, whose name is familiar
to everyone who has devoted any attention to the Calgary district.
Fish Creek lies to the south of the town within easy distance; so
does Pine Creek. Both these streams abound in the finest trout, and
their valleys are well settled by thriving farmers. The town is, therefore,
the centre of a good agricultural country, and as the district grows
in wealth and population the town itself must make rapid strides.
When every three hundred and twenty acres of this fertile district
maintains its man as it must do in the early future, then will Calgary
be a flourishing city with its population numbered by the thousands
and the recognized capital of the province of Alberta.
Fish Creek lies to the south of the town ... so does Pine
Creek. Both these streams abound in the finest trout...