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.
8.64: Swan River
The town of
The older part of town is oriented with respect to the CN line 2 that passes through it in a north-northwest/south-southeast direction. Roads are parallel to and at right angles to this line. Two roads, one on either side of the line 3, run parallel to it defining a railway zone with elevators 4 located along it. PTH 10 5 enters town from the east where it has the form of a divided highway 6. Further west it turns slightly south to harmonize with the railway-determined road pattern. Here it is wider than the other roads 7 and is clearly the main street. A commercial zone, with many large buildings 8, has developed along it and a number of side streets 9. PTH 83 enters from the south 10.
The newer outskirts of town have a road pattern that harmonizes with the DLS system. This is particularly the case in the north, but near the northern edge the grid breaks down, and bays 11 and curved roads along the river 12 using the topography can be seen. Trailer courts 13 are located in the east.
Individual items that can be identified are: racetracks 14, one of which is associated with a school 15, a recreational area with four baseball diamonds 16, a hospital 17, and an airfield 18.
Figure 8.64: Swan River
Vertical air photograph: MB99006-157 P.T.H. 10
Flight height: 6,800 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.096 mm
Scale: 1:12,000 (approx.)
Date: May 10, 1999
Location: Township 36; Range 27 WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62C