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Chapter 12: The Southern Cities

12.4: Dauphin

The large scale of this photograph makes it possible to identify far more detail than on figure 12.3. Outside the city are flat agricultural fields developed on Lake Agassiz sediments which have weathered into Black Chernozem soils.[i] In fallow fields the soils are uniformly dark-toned 1, but cropped fields are lighter-toned 2. The meandering Vermilion River 3 with one abandoned loop 4 can be seen in the northwest.

The CN railway line 5 cuts through section 10 with several sidings 6 on which railcars can be identified 7. Many sidings in a splayed arrangement 8 with the remnants of a round house 9 can be seen in the northwest corner of section 10. The X-shaped commercial area in section 10, township 25, range 19WI 10 is lighter in tone because the photo looks down on large flat-topped buildings with little green space between them in contrast to surrounding residential areas 11 that have smaller buildings with green space between them. Several items of the city’s infrastructure are seen in section 10, including three schools 12 with open space around them as well as a large recreational complex 13 in the southeast. The latter includes a racetrack 14, baseball diamonds 15, and two large buildings 16.

Outside section 10 settlement is relatively new, [ii] and in the main road directions harmonize with the DLS system 17, although one curved street can be seen along the abandoned loop of the Vermillion River 18. In the east is an area with single-family dwellings that have approaching driveways 19. Three additional schools 20 can be seen in these areas outside section 10.

Figure 12.4: Dauphin

Figure 12.4:  Dauphin

Figure 12.4

Vertical air photograph: A20898-4

Flight height: ; lens focal length: 152.52 mm

Scale: 1:16,000 (approx.)

Date: October 30, 1968

Location: Township 25; Range 19W1

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62N Duck Mountain

                    1:50,000 62N/1 Dauphin




[i] Scott, G. A. J. “Manitoba’s Ecoclimate Regions” in Welsted, Everitt and Stadel op. cit. figure 4.3, 46.

[ii] Selwood, H. J. and Richtik J. M. op. cit. figure 1, 71.