In keeping with my previous prairie theme, I recently called into the small hamlet of Rowley about 2 hours north east of my home.
In the 1920's Rowley was a bustling little town with over 500 inhabitants, all enjoying the neoteric agricultural boom in the area; less than 50 years later it was almost empty. This unusual little hamlet without water or sewer services now clings to life as a tourist hotspot in the guise of a 'ghost town'.
In the late 1970's, the few locals still remaining began restoring some of the old derelict buildings, by the 1980's Rowley was back on the map as a film location and heritage stop on the railroad that passed through the town. Unfortunately, in 1999 the railroad closed and a steady stream of 'leg stretchers' who might part with a few dollars was taken from the community again.
Still, here we are 100 years since it's heyday, Rowley and its 12 remaining inhabitants remain defiant, this tiny, stubborn little hamlet clings to life as a ghost town just 2 hours north east of a 21st century city that shares the same wide open prairie and spirit of defiance.
My image today shows the setting sun lighting the old grain elevators on the southwest outskirts of the town. I made some lovely images in the low light leaving me a choice of several for the blog today, but the simplicity of this image and its portrayal of the prairie cathedrals of Alberta was the one that finally shouted the loudest.
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