|DVD Time Code = 00 52 29|
|Location: Fort Macleod, AB, Westwinds Baseball Area|
|GPS: 49d 42m 35.46s -113d 25m 0.66s|
|Map / Satellite Image: Google Link|
|Site Name: Fireworks Area|
Early plans called for this scene to follow a shot of a Fourth of July parade down Fort Macleod’s Main Street, but it was not to be. We are informed that some of the town’s merchants were unwilling to cooperate with the filmmakers. This is moviespeak for “they wanted big money.”
Late summer visitors to this area will note a profusion of tumbleweeds (also known as Russian thistle and wind witch), some the size of a soccer ball, others much larger. Wheat farmers from the Ukraine and the Volga River Valley immigrated to western Canada during the early part of the 20th century, bringing along their prime wheat seeds which were often sewn inside the hems of clothing for protection. A few Russian thistle seeds got mixed in with the good stuff and, despite intensive efforts to eradicate the invasive plant, it is now very much at home throughout southern Alberta.
Even if you have never seen a tumbleweed, you probably recognize the song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” a staple of cowboy music since the 1930s.
Pictures of surrounding area:
Revised 23 March 2021