MP-0000.158.71 | Bassano dam, near Calgary, AB, about 1925

Photograph, glass lantern slide
Bassano dam, near Calgary, AB, about 1925
W. J. Oliver
About 1920, 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
© McCord Museum
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"Bassano Dam: East of the city of Calgary for a distance of about 140 miles along the railway extends the great Canadian Pacific Irrigation Block, with an average width of about 30 miles. This is one of the largest individual irrigation projects on the American continent. The block consists of over 3,000,000 acres, of which a great portion has been brought under irrigation. Water is obtained from the Bow River at two inlets -- one at Calgary and the other at Bassano, eighty miles to the east. This picture shows the huge dam which has been erected on the Bow River near Bassano. This dam raises the level of the river by about 50 feet; the water, being raised, is carried in the main canal, seen at the right-hand side, and later distributed through a wonderful system of secondary canals and distributing ditches about 2,500 miles in length, over about 1,800 square miles of fertile prairie country, irrigating approximately one-third of that amount."

Excerpt from "ACROSS CANADA BY C. P. R.", Section 4--The Prairie Provinces; booklet, McGill University Illustrated Lectures, 1928.