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Chapter 13: Mining and Oil Extraction

13.3: Sand/Gravel Pits East of Rapid City

The photograph shows the valley of the Little Saskatchewan River 1 in the north with an area covered by ground moraine in the south. The photo shows four areas where sand/gravel is—or has been—exploited. Three of these areas 2 are probably on terraces of the Little Saskatchewan Valley, but the easternmost, the highest, exploits an esker-like feature 3. There are in fact four separate pits in this area, strung out in a north-northeast/south-southwest line. The southernmost pit 4 is overgrown but the other three—light-toned—pits 5 are in use, served by a road 6 that runs to PTH 24.

Other features to note on this photo are a) the Little Saskatchewan River with numerous cutoffs 7; b) PTH 24 8 connecting Rapid City (to the west) and Minnedosa (to the north); c) three railway lines (In the north are a CP line 9 and a CN line 10 that cross just east of the Little Saskatchewan River 11.; both are now abandoned. In the south is another CP line 12); and d) a cemetery 13 with a surrounding hedge of coniferous trees 14. Small white specks 15 are headstones and graves. The cemetery is that of Rapid City about three miles (5 km) to the west.

Figure 13.3: Sand/Gravel Pits East of Rapid City

Figure 13.3: Sand/Gravel Pits East of Rapid City

Figure 13.3

Vertical air photograph: A18971-160

Flight height: 9500 feet; lens focal length: 6 inches

Scale: 1:15,800 (approx.)

Date: August 6, 1965

Location: Township 13; Range 19W1

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62J Neepawa

                    1:50,000 62J/4 Moore Park

                                   62K/1 Rivers