Brooks Aqueduct becoming an unlikely tourist attraction

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Brooks Aqueduct becoming an unlikely tourist attraction

Postby Admin » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:40 pm

http://www.calgaryherald.com/travel/Alb ... story.html

Brooks Aqueduct becoming an unlikely tourist attraction
BY PAT BRENNAN, FOR POSTMEDIA NEWS

A giant centipede striding across the Alberta prairie is a monument – of sorts – to Eugene Whelan, the former federal agriculture minister who died Feb. 19, 2013 at age 88.

It looks like a giant centipede, but it’s the Brooks Aqueduct, a rather unusual tourist attraction left behind by a much earlier prairie drought.

When it opened for business in 1910, the aqueduct was the world's longest elevated concrete structure. Construction engineers from Canadian Pacific Railway built the three-km aqueduct to carry water across a valley that interrupted one of its long earthen irrigation canals.

Whelan stepped in to save it from the wrecking ball in 1981.

Read more at: http://www.calgaryherald.com/travel/Alb ... story.html
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