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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.29: Highway 2 Near Wawanesa

Two other linear features can be seen, one in the north and the other through the centre of the area. The former is only visible in the dark-toned wooded area 16 and is followed by a power line. The latter can be seen crossing wooded areas south of Wawanesa 17 but also across agricultural fields 18. This is the route of an underground oil pipeline. It is visible in the treed areas because trees had to be cut down for a trench to be excavated resulting in a lighter tone. In the agricultural fields the difference in tone results from interference with the topsoil during excavation.

The Souris River 1 flows northeast across the area, encircling Wawanesa 2 and joining the Assiniboine River just off the photo to the north.

PTH 2 3, a main east/west road in southern Manitoba, crosses the area mainly following section lines in the east 4. The north/south PTH 18 5 joins PTH 2 from the south. Note the curve 6 where it passes from township 6 to township 7; in township 6 it runs along section lines and then veers east to run along half section lines in township 7.

Several other linear features can be seen. The CN line in the southeast 7 used to wind its way down a meander neck 8 into Wawanesa, across the Souris River 9, up the side of the valley 10, and then northwest 11 to Brandon. Building a railway line into Wawanesa, surrounded by steep slopes, was a major undertaking. Despite that it did not last long (built in 1889 and abandoned in 1984). In the north the CP line 12 crosses the Souris 13, then runs through Treesbank 14, and intersects the CP line at Methven Junction 15.

Figure 18.29: Highway 2 Near Wawanesa

Figure 18.29: Highway 2 Near Wawanesa

Figure 18.29

Vertical air photograph: A21666-210

Flight height: 22,240 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 85.611 mm

Scale: 1:77,200 (approx.)

Date: July 21, 1970

Location: Townships 6, 7 and 8; Ranges 16 and 17WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/12 Wawanesa