Remember when: Railway dam

One of Ponoka’s remaining historic treasures is the Canadian Pacific Railway dam, whose remnants still stand just below the tracks

Old CPR dam

Old CPR dam

One of Ponoka’s remaining historic treasures is the Canadian Pacific Railway dam, whose remnants still stand just below the tracks across the street from the Royal Hotel. Constructed in the late 1880’s the sturdy log dam acted as a spillway for the thousands of logs destined for three huge sawmills just down-steam, as well as a deep reservoir from which water was pumped up by a windmill into a tower to supply the many mighty steam trains that entered our first Siding 14 station!