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(once located in South Red Deer) is symbolic of the North-South, East-West traffic flow of settlement, commerce, industry, agriculture, transportation and entrepreneurship in Red Deer and Western Canada
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ACR pier at Taylor Drive

The ACR pier on Taylor Drive symbolizes Red Deer as the distribution and transportation hub of Central Alberta

                                                                                   incoming train from the west in 1955

Forth Junction mapForth Junction (located south of 32 Street along the current Taylor Drive in Red Deer) was the railway interchange from 1910 to 1962 that connected the east-west Red Deer-based Alberta Central Railway (ACR) and the north-south Calgary and Edmonton Railway (C&ER), both operated by Canadian Pacific. The junction represents the role of the railway as the major evolutionary economic catalyst in the development of Central Alberta and Western Canada.

The concrete pier along Taylor Drive (the original right of way of the Calgary & Edmonton Railway) marks the location of the Alberta Central Railway bridge that once crossed the C & E Railway and Waskasoo Creek, linking the ACR yard (once located in Mountview subdivision) and what is now the West Park subdivision eventually running across the Mintlaw trestle and running west to Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House.

The eastern leg of the ACR which included the Mountview railyard and station as well as a timber trestle across Piper Creek at the present site of Kin Kanyon recreational area, was abandoned by the Canadian Pacific in 1913, as it already had an eastern link via Lacombe, Alix and Stettler.

Header photo: ACR piers at former CPR line through Red Deer, 1985, Paul Pettypiece photo
1. Surviving lone ACR pier next to Taylor Drive 2009, Paul Pettypiece photo
2. Incoming CPR train from Alberta Central subdivision approaching Forth Junction c1955, Red Deer Archives P6498, location overlay
3. Historic map of Forth Junction (ACR and C&ER) Red Deer, Atlas of Alberta Railways, University of Alberta Press


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