Chapter 8: Southern Hamlets, Villages, and Towns
Two factors—railway lines and the DLS system— influence the location and form of settlements in southern
The arrangement can produce a road orientation that is at an angle to the squares of the DLS (e.g. Hartney and Dauphin). Other settlements have a road system that harmonizes with the DLS into which the urban pattern is slotted, with roads trending north/south and east/west (e.g.
8.11: Vertical Air Photo of Strathclair
The hamlet of Strathclair, located in an area of typical ground moraine topography, is slightly larger than settlements shown previously (figures 8.1 to 8.10) having a population of 390 in 1986. It is another example of the railway line determining road orientation. Here the CP line 1 runs along the southern edge of the settlement with South Railway Street 2 and North Railway Street 3 parallel to it; the latter even has a slight bend in the east 4 to maintain the parallel arrangement. Other roads are at right angles and parallel to the two Railway Streets. Highway 16—The Yellowhead Route 5—bypasses Strathclair to the north.
Given the large scale of the photo, several large buildings can be observed and some identified. In the east are a rink 6 (hockey and curling) and a school 7 with cars—small oblong objects 8—parked to the south and east. Most of Strathclair is located north of the railway line south of which is an elevator 9. Oil storage cylinders 10 are located northwest of the elevator. Cars are parked obliquely along North Railway Street 11 outside a series of larger buildings 12 which are probably stores. Newer residential areas are along section lines south 13 and north 14 of the hamlet. The large angular areas, one very dark-toned 15 and the other lighter 16 are sewage lagoons with a light-toned line indicating the location of a buried pipeline 17 leading to them.
Figure 8.11: Vertical Air Photo of Strathclair
Vertical air photograph: MB89004 PTH 16
Flight height: 7,800 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.028 mm
Scale: 1:11,500 (approx.)
Date: April 28, 1989
Location: Township 16; Range 22 WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain
1:50,000 62K/8 Newdale