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The Town of Altona is located south of Winnipeg, close to the U.S. border. It is another example of a situation in which the direction of the railway line and the lines of the DLS system almost coincide. The CP railway line 1 runs almost north/south; but with a slight bend to the west 2. This is reflected in the direction of three roads east of the line 3. Other roads in the older part of town are east/west or north/south harmonizing with the DLS system; several bays can be seen in the newer locations 4. A zone of railway-related buildings exists east 5 and west 6 of the line in the centre of the photo. A loop-shaped siding 7 encircles an industrial 8 area with circular containers in the north centre 9. East/west and north/south streets delimit a rectangular commercial area in the centre 10. PTH 30 11 bends to the east, and a second commercial area 12 is located between it and a north/south road to the west. Another commercial area is located in the northeast 13. Without ground knowledge of the town, it is difficult to identify individual commercial buildings. However, Altona’s main industry is printing (it is the home of Friesen’s printing/publishing), and some of the large buildings 14 may be associated with that industry.

Well-treed residential areas 15 surround the central commercial area. Trees are not indigenous to this area; most of the trees are probably cottonwoods grown from seed imported from Russia, the area from which the Mennonite settlers of this part of Manitoba were derived. Two parks are located in the west 16. Within the residential areas are several large buildings which may be schools 17, one of which has a running track beside it 18.

Altona is a prosperous Mennonite community with a variety of light industries. It has been increasing in population in recent years: 1999, 3,318; 2001, 3,434; 2006, 3,709.


Figure 8.53