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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.50: Rivers Airport

This old (1948) air photo shows part of the Rivers airfield when it was still active. The southeast end of the main runway that ran northwest/southeast is visible 1. Northeast of the runway are several large hangers 2 for storage and repair of planes. An even larger building further east is probably an arena 3. North of this are buildings with an H-shaped plan 4, probably barracks, with numerous small buildings to the north 5, probably single family dwellings.

Note also the following:

1)  PTH 25 6 paralleled by a long abandoned railway line 7 on which is an elevator 8 identified by its shadow shape. A spur line 9 leads southwest to sidings 10 with railcars on them 11.

2)  This area is northwest of the misfit Little Saskatchewan River 12 with a large valley. The valley side is dissected by numerous gullies 13. Serious soil erosion 14 occurs in some fields cleared for agriculture.

Figure 18.50: Rivers Airport

Figure 18.50: Rivers Airport

Figure 18.50

Vertical air photograph: A11731-147

Flight height: 12,000 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 8 inches

Scale: 1:15,500 (approx.)

Date: September 5, 1948

Location: Township 12; Range 21WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain

                    1:50,000 62K/1 Rivers