The 2017 Jane’s Walk

Source: Medium Publication (Cross-post)

The 2017 Jane’s Walk Festival will be held this year on the weekend of Friday May 5 through to Sunday May 7 and this year I will be leading a revised version of 2016 Jane’s Walk. I will be leading the Walk twice, once on the Saturday and again on the Sunday:

Saturday May 6, 2017 Walk ~ Starts at 1:00pm

Sunday May 7, 2017 Walk ~ Starts at 3:00pm

This Walk is based upon Strictly a River Crossing, my ongoing research project on the history of the Calgary’s steel truss bridges. Over the course of this 2 hour, 4.5km walk we’ll visit the extant steel truss bridges in and around the neighbourhoods of historic East Calgary (the East Village, Bridgeland, Inglewood and Ramsay).

The Walk begins in front of the East Village Experience at 553 Riverfront Avenue SE and will return to that point.

Calgary’s historic steel bridges were built in the period from 1907 until about 1912 prior to the First World War. This was Calgary’s first economic boom, the so-called “Age of Optimism,” which brought rapid growth to the city and thousands of news residents.

To meet the challenges of explosive growth new transportation infrastructure was built across the city, including a street railway. The streetcar system was the forerunner to Calgary Transit. Today, the only significant remaining pieces of Calgary’s streetcars are the steel truss bridges of East Calgary: the soon to be removed 12th Street SE (aka Zoobridge), Reconciliation Bridge (formerly the Langevin Bridge, built by the Province), the 9th Avenue SE Bridge (Inglewood) and the MacDonald Bridge.

To build three of these bridges, the city of Calgary would turn to the Algoma Steel Bridge Company, a company with a unique pedigree amongst Canadian bridge builders and a unique history unlike any other.

Revisit Calgary’s Age of Optimism, through these unique bridges, during the 2017 Jane’s Walk Festival.

Jane’s Walks are free events put on by volunteer activists. However, it is helpful for anyone who’d like to attend to RSVP, so that I know to expect you. Please RSVP here.

For more information: link to 2017 Jane’s Walk Festival in Calgary

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About Jack Hope

Born and raised in Calgary, I am an amateur photographer who has been researching the history of Calgary’s steel bridges. I am an active volunteer with GenNext’s Urban Exposure Project.


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