We only had a few minutes to spare here but it's one place I'll definitely be returning to.
LOLOLOL given the roads in this province you might very well be right Billy! ;D
BTW what I enjoyed the most was seeing that it still had the dirt roads. Most small towns (including the abandoned ones) have pavement but not this one). It truly had the old west feel to it. We were in a rush and some of my pictures of the main street are a bit blurred. ;'( Will be visiting there again soon (I hope).
It has a really odd feeling to it. As if somebody comes to mow the grass and clip the bushes every week. I suppose things don't grow so fast up north, but I can't get over the feeling that it should be more overgrown. Maybe the ghosts are taking care of the houses now!
Ryan honest plants grow a little (lot) quicker here in town where they are watered (especially the caragana) but even there I too think it should be a lot more overgrown (I can't imagine the surrounding farmers/ranchers running around trimming all the hedges in town though ;). It's not a huge tourist attraction and in 2000 there were only 8 people left living there (I have my doubts there is even that many there now). It did have 350+ souls living there at one time so it's quite a bit bigger than my picture suggests. Your odd feeling is probably what spooked me about the town (it still looks "somewhat" cared for but who would do it???). Other than a newer house just by the main road all the buildings are empty and we didn't see a single person/dog/cat or even a still operating vehicle there (though whoever lives in the one house, that looks occupied, must have one).
Isn't it Gerry re villages just dying, but I imagine it was like the potato famine in Ireland....down there it is/was much more arid then here and when the rain/snow stopped falling, for year after year (1930-38), people had a choice of waiting for handouts from the trains or leaving (most left).
I wonder how long these derelicts will survive? Certainly not as long as your ancient stone houses (all it will take is one smoker to drop a live butt out the window, or a lightning strike, and all will be gone in a flash). The closest pumper fire truck (that carries it's own water) is over 18 km away and of course someone would have to see it start and make the call.
Isn't that ghost on the first house window? ...HE was loking at you...hehehe
Alex you had me wand up to check that out! :S
That could be an apt description of that town too Gerry. It sure felt very unnerving to walk around in it.
There is a good chance that we will be going back there this Wednesday. :^)
Wow ~ this is a beautiful shot. It says so much. You did a wonderful job. Wonderful indeed!
I'm really pleased you have enjoyed seeing Robsart through my eyes MaryAlice! Thank you for the lovely compliment! :D
Indeed, I have enjoyed it very much, and you're MOST welcome!
From a former resident of the area:
This town died (as with other towns close by) because the succeeding generations of the local families moved away rather than remain to farm or take over the local business. At one time Robsart had grocery stores, a post office, school, lumber store, grain elevators, and even a hospital. Some other businesses were there as well. The surrounding farming community was/is the main support for these towns. Farming is not as lucrative here as in other areas thus many farms have disappeared over time with the families moving away and the land being bought by the remaining farmers/ranchers. These people that remain do well but, unfortunately, have to travel farther for services that were once local. The school closed in the late 1960's/earley 1970's with the children being bussed to the nearby town of Consul. This remains so today. The hospital closed many decades ago. The grocery store/post office closed in the 1990's. The grain elevators (3 in my lifetime) closed and were demolished in the 1990's. The farmers now have to transport their grain to other facilities several miles/kilometers away. The rail line which ran through this town used to go across southern Alberta but no longer exists past Consul (the next local town that still survives). Three other towns that were within a few miles/kilometers also died. These were Vidora, Senate, and Govenlock. Most if not all of the buildings in these towns were demolished so you would never know there were towns there except for a marker of sign post. These three towns I just mentioned all disappeared since the 1970's.
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Photo taken in Robsart, SK S0N, Canada
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