Sunday, 13 October 2013
Back To Vancouver From Moose Jaw & Thankful
With much going on during a brief visit I was not able to take my usual abundance of pictures. Luckily, I managed to snap a few shots of a character (Mac the moose) that stands front and center of the rural farming and retirement community that has a population of about 40,000.
The origin of the odd Moose Jaw name is not clear but it is likely due to a river in the area that has a bend shaped like the jaw of a moose. I like better the (believable?) tale that the name is a form of the First Nations word Moosoochapiskun which apparently means “place where the white man mended his cart with the jawbone of the moose”. Even today it would not be too unusual to find a moose bone by a local road as these handsome creatures do roam the area.
underground access corridors, created initially by steam engineers, hid liquor to be shipped to Chicago in the USA by Al Capone and others who made their fortunes illegally. Who would have guessed that the innocent town was part of a bootlegging scheme? Earlier, Chinese railway workers used the tunnels to escape an unfair government “head tax” imposed to discourage Chinese immigration.
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