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1910-1920 - La Colle Falls - Boom and Bust
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Ref Number
S-B8739
Item Date
1917


A view of the construction taking place on La Colle Falls hydroelectric dam. Looking east from the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River.


"Saskatchewan’s prosperity during the first part of the 20th Century caused the leaders of Prince Albert to view the North Saskatchewan River as a source of 'white coal'. In 1912 construction started on a massive hydro electrical power dam at a set of rapids downstream from Prince Albert. The goal of the project was to attract business by providing cheap electricity to Prince Albert, allowing it to prosper. The boom mentality and sense of optimism crashed during the war years and construction was halted. The abandoned site has come to represent the boom and bust cycles that hit Saskatchewan."

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Reference Number:
S-B8739
Media Type:
photograph
Keywords:
La Colle Falls; North Saskatchewan River; Prince Albert; Dams; Construction


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Image Preview S-B8739 Photograph 01 - A view of the construction taking place on La Colle Falls hydroelectric dam. Looking east from the south bank of the No
Image Preview R-A1796-2 Photograph 02 - Building La Colle Falls hydroelectric power dam. This view is from the south bank.
Image Preview R-A9697-1 Photograph 03 - Looking from the north bank of the river towards La Colle Falls construction site.
Image Preview R-A24663-16 Photograph 04 - A view of the abandoned site in 1927.
Image Preview R-A24663-1 Photograph 05 - The half completed dam became a catchment for logs and other debris.
Image Preview R-A24663-13 Photograph 06 - Part of the project included locks to allow steamboats to bypass the dam. This view is looking downstream from the south
Image Preview R-A24663-23 Photograph 07 - By 1927 the abandoned site at La Colle Falls had become a curiosity to people in the area.
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