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
18.49: Location of the Airfield at Rivers
The airfield 1 at Rivers 2 located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southwest of the town had a different function from those shown in figures 18.45 to 18.48. During World War II, it was one of several airfields across the prairies involved in the Commonwealth Air Training Program. At these fields flyers from the Commonwealth were trained for air service. The flat landscape and abundance of space made the prairies ideal for this function. After the war Rivers remained for several years an RCAF base before it was closed in the early 1960s.
The airfield has a skewed triangular shape much like those shown in figures 18.45 to 18.48 except that two runways, east/west 3 and northwest/southeast 4 are considerably longer at 1.1 miles (1.8 km). Terminal buildings are located to the northeast 5, and beyond them are small buildings 6 that used to house military personnel.
1) CN line 7 that passes through Rivers;
2) East/west PTH 25 8;
3) North/south PR 250 9 with a curved route 10 down the north side of the Assiniboine Spillway;
4) Dam across the Little Saskatchewan River 11 that produces Lake Wahtopanah 12; and
5) Unusually small fields 13 with north/south shelterbelts south 14 and west 15 of the airfield.
Figure 18.49: Location of the Airfield at Rivers
Vertical air photograph: A21666-16
Flight height: 23,170 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 3.5 inches
Scale: 1:79,200 (approx.)
Date: July 21, 1970
Location: Township 11 and 12; Ranges 20 and 21WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain
1:50,000 62K/1 Rivers