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18 Jul 2002

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Calgary's Surroundings

The immediate view is rich and picturesque, while beyond to the west it becomes majestic to sublimity.

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.

Fish Creek lies to the south of the town ... so does Pine Creek. Both these streams abound in the finest trout...

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.