|DVD Time Code = 01 32 49|
|Location: Fort Macleod, AB, Queen’s Hotel, 207 24th Street|
|GPS: 49d 43m 32.46s -113d 24m 29.70s|
|Map / Satellite Image: Google Link|
|Site Name: Cassie’s Bar|
Fort Macleod, like many railroad towns in the western U.S., had a stormy relationship with the railroad. In 1912, following protracted disputes over rights-of-way and freight rates, the railroad moved operations, and approximately 200 jobs, to neighboring Lethbridge. Consequently, with the outbreak of World War I and extending into the 1920s, Fort Macleod experienced a severe depression. By 1924, the town was bankrupt. A bail-out loan by the Provincial government required that the town could not incur debt for any new capital expenditure for 50 years.
As a result of this effective prohibition on growth, virtually no new construction occurred in the town’s Main Street district until the early 1970s. Downtown Fort Macleod retains its vintage flavor, a quality that appealed to the producers of Brokeback.
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Revised 29 April 2015