June 23rd, 2018

#FABTrip17: Commerce and Diamond City

By Jonathan Koch on September 12, 2017.

Source: Forgotten Alberta
#FABTrip17: Commerce and Diamond City
The Forgotten Alberta Road Trip 2017 (#FABTrip17) kicked off last week in the vicinity of Lethbridge, with stops in the former coal mining communities of Commerce and Diamond City, and the farming community of Turin.

A smoky shot of the C.P.R. Station at Diamond City. As you may have guessed, Diamond City derives its name from mining, albeit coal not diamonds. The present townsite overlooking the Oldman River Valley, just to the northwest of Lethbridge, was developed to serve the growing numbers of people who had come to work in the mines and haul the “black diamonds” from deep within the ground. In operation for over 20 years, the Diamond City mine closed in 1927, although its economic fortunes were bolstered for several years after with the growth of irrigation. As for the station, it is a private residence, moved to its present location from High River to be renovated and restored. Sources: Coyote Flats : historical review, 1905-1965. Volume 1, @thelostcanuck on Flickr #FABTrip17 #explorealberta @southwestalberta @canadianbadlands @travelalberta
A post shared by Jonathan Koch (@forgotten_alberta) on Sep 10, 2017 at 8:42pm PDT

#FABtrip17 started in the forgotten town of Commerce, then Iron Springs, and now we’re in Turin. @4gotten_alberta pic.twitter.com/j5nqiE5mx8
— Greg Farries (@gregfarries) September 9, 2017

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