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Irrigated sugar beet field, Raymond, Alberta
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Irrigated sugar beet field, Raymond, Alberta
ca. 1904, by William Notman and Sons

The well-known Montreal studio of William Notman and Sons photographed this section of the first large irrigation project undertaken in southern Alberta. It was built in 1898 by Galt Irrigation Canals in partnership with the Mormon Church. The Galt canals allowed the cultivation of lands which normally would have been unsuitable for agriculture. By 1915, Prairie governments had taken over most irrigation projects from private industry. Provincial government involvement eventually led to a substantial increase in irrigated lands available for farming.

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