Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present
By virtue of its coastline along
In the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century, numerous railway lines criss-crossed southern
Roads have to some extent replaced the railway lines. They have a general east/west alignment (the Trans-Canada Highway No. 1, The Yellowhead Route No. 16, PTH 2 and PTH 3) or north/south alignment (PTH 10 and PTH 5). The main sources of electricity are in the southeast and the north. Power lines carry electricity to most parts of the province. They can be seen on air photos especially where they cut through wooded land. Similarly the routes followed by oil and gas pipelines are identifiable because when they are buried the soil is disturbed to result in a different tone or colour than the surrounding land, a variation that is easily detected on air photos. The topography of southern
18.30: Highway 2 in Southwest Manitoba
The photo shows the wooded valley of the Souris River 1 in the southeast with the wooded Lauder Sand Hills 2 in the southwest. In the north is Plum Creek 3 that has been straightened in the west 4.
PTH 2 5 runs generally east/west across the area. It follows the township line between townships 7 and 8 in the east before turning south for 2 ½ miles (4 km) 6 before again turning south of west 7 past Deleau 8. PTH 21, a north/south road 9, crosses Plum Creek 10 before joining PTH 2 which it follows west 11 before branching off to the south 12. A bend in the road occurs at the township 6/7 boundary 13. The correction at this township line is almost one mile to the west 14. As it moves north PTH 21 jogs a short distance east 15 to the nearest north/south section line.
Railway lines are also visible. The CP line is visible in the east 16 with a spur leading southwest to Hartney 17. In the west it parallels PTH 2 18 and is most visible where the two routes digress at Deleau 8. Another linear feature roughly parallel to PTH 2 and the CP line can be seen further north 19, visible where it cuts through dark-toned woodland; it is the route followed by a power line.
Figure 18.30: Highway 2 in Southwest Manitoba
Vertical air photograph: A21666-201
Flight height: 22,240 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 85.611 mm
Scale: 1:79,200 (approx.)
Date: July 21, 1970
Location: Townships 6, 7 and 8; Ranges 21, 22 and 23WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62F Virden
1:50,000 62F/10 Pipestone