I really should have thought of this idea of crossing Canada by the old roads 100 years ago but even I was not born at the time and neither were the roads...
Those were the good old days especially for these places. Main street was swarming with newcomers, the railway was bringing thousands more every day, and the future never looked brighter.
Little did they know what what else was coming down the line in just a few short years.Sounds pretty much like today .Less that 10 years more they would be into the first world war then again 10 more and they were into the great depression. .
The Town of Strasburg was and is typical. Today there are about 800 left in town which is about how many would be gathered at the railway station on a typical day in 1909. But what excitement. Even though there were no roads to drive them on, the auto had been invented, telegrams connected you to the east by wire and the rails had connect clear across to the west coast . You could have a 1/4 section of land for free if you could manage to get on it and develop it within a year.It seemed like some new was being invented every day while the whole world was in transition. Like I said, sounds pretty much like today.
The aerial photo shows the fields of yellow canola, a crop that had not even been invented in 1909, the old grain elevator and rail lines still defining the city geographically The highway bypasses it all, as trucking and the auto rendered the railways and living on isolated farms as archaic as the dinosaur.
The big cities like the Capital, Regina which is only 45 minutes away, continue to draw people from places like this. In spite of the growth from the first boom in 75 years, the economic effects only make the process even more rapid. More jobs are created in the cities and more young people move away from here to there to fill them.. Maybe 100 years from now they will be calling this, the " Good ol' days"