Over the weekend Raimund and I decided to head up to the mountains to go searching for ghost towns. I did a little research online and was informed that there may be a few ghost towns along the Forestry Trunk Road here in Alberta. On the list were Mercoal and Lovett, but we decided to check out Cadomin first.
Ah, Cadomin...Wikipedia lied to me. It had listed Cadomin as a ghost town, but I wouldn't call it that. Maybe in a couple decades yes, but at the moment not entirely. There are still people living in some of the old houses, although about 80% of the town has for sale signs everywhere. Realtors are apparently trying to market the town as a weekend/summer village, and I could see how that would be appealing.
Oh, another cool thing about this trip -- we met up with Nicole of Gypsy in Jasper. That was pretty rad.
Best (worst) outhouse ever?
Nicole's fists of fury.
I have a thing for the old houses. They look SO TINY. If you were tall back then, pffft...good luck not knocking your head on the ceiling. Raimund and I were actually toying around with the idea of checking out the real estate prices up there...you know, for shits and giggles.
After Nicole and her crew left, Raimund and I wandered around town more where we met up with an older lady who had just finished a game of crib at the legion. She was out having a smoke and was wondering what we were doing in Cadomin...were we journalists? Freelancers for a magazine? No dice. She was a great help though -- she introduced us to a man who knew where Lovett was, and that was our main ghost town we wanted to visit.
Sadly though, we don't think Lovett's buildings stand anymore. We mapped out the location of the former town, and a coal mining operation is sitting right where the town was. Boo-urns. We were a few years too late for that one.
Will that deter us from hunting down anymore ghost towns? Hell no. The prairies are littered with them. Hopefully we can find a few more before the first snow falls here.
~ E &R