Turn the clock back to 1961 and beyond. Roam those old dirt roads once more and visit friendly neighbours you knew so well. From its beginnings before 1930 to its dismantlement in 1961, making way for the Squaw Rapids Hydro-electric Dam, to the day in 1962 when the river rose and water erased footprints forever, there's a lot to remember and to comment on.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Sobering Image: Petaigan River, Bridge and Shore, 1962

As I was growing up I used to wonder what the gradual flooding of Mossy Vale would have looked like as it occured, and now I know. By comparison to the earlier post showing the Petaigan River before inundation, this is anything but the picturesque spot "our river" represented. Surely a memory we'd like not to have, or to dwell on, and difficult to post here, but to my mind worth acknowledging. This is an example of the cost of progress.

Photo courtesy: A. Hamilton

1 comment:

  1. What a great feeling of sadness I had seeing this picture—even tho I was only at Mossy Vale school one term I loved every minute. I spent quite a few Sundays with a friend down at that fishing spot. I cannot begin to know the sadness all of Mossy Vale felt.