This post is for Bernie, who quite correctly expressed disappointment that my previous Riverdale post did not include photos of any of the houses in the area. While it has much the same prose preamble describing the area, I have added a few things and the photos are vastly different. We spent more time wandering the streets, looking at the mix of old and new homes and in the process we developed a new appreciation for the area.
Photos from our July 2/20 walk.
Edmonton’s Riverdale, not Archie’s, is a river valley neighbourhood, just East of downtown. It is bounded on East and South by the North Saskatchewan River with other boundaries abutting the Boyle Street neighbourhood and Grierson Road. It is represented by the Riverdale Community League, formed in 1920 and was once home to a blacksmith, sawmill and the J.B. Little brickyard (first kiln started in 1893). Power for these ventures was supplied from coal mined from the nearby river banks.
(Sources: Wikipedia and Edmonton City Archives)
On this trip, we learned that, it was the original industrial subdivision created at Fort Edmonton.
Today, the area is a quiet residential neighbourhood, with both modern and older homes. The area is essentially a low lying flood plain along the river and has been flooded on numerous occasions, throughout history, including being totally submerged in the great flood of 1915.
After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement.
I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding.
While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us.
I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.
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