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Transportation and Communication - Steamboats and River Travel
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ca 1911

A steamboat on the North Saskatchewan River near Battleford.

"Before railways arrived on the prairie it was steamboats that brought people and supplies to the land. The swift current and shifting sandbars made navigation difficult along the Saskatchewan river system, but the steamboats played an essential transportation role for several years. The Pearson Land Company ran a steamboat on Last Mountain Lake to help bring settlers into the area."

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Steamboats; Battleford; North Saskatchewan River

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Image Preview R-B3850 Photograph 01 - Barr colonists unload freight from barges at Lloydminster Landing on the North Saskatchewan River.
Image Preview R-B1746 Photograph 02 - Along the North Saskatchewan River in Prince Albert a delivery wagon was used to bring the freight up from a steamboat.
Image Preview R-A2116 Photograph 03 - A steamboat on the North Saskatchewan River near Battleford.
Image Preview R-A2117 Photograph 04 - The Battleford ferry boat took traffic across the river before a bridge was built.
Image Preview R-A74229 Photograph 05 - The 'City of Medicine Hat' steamboat after crashing into the Victoria Street bridge in Saskatoon.
Image Preview R-B783 Photograph 06 - The steamboat 'Qu'Appelle' carried people and freight up and down Last Mountain Lake.
Image Preview R-B3496 Photograph 07 - Port Hyman, at the southern end of Last Mountain Lake, was the main port of call for the steamboat 'Qu'Appelle'.
Image Preview A 1279 Audio 08 - An interview with Ralph Huggins - steamboat operator on Last Mountain Lake.
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