Rowley, Alberta • Ghost Towns of Canada

Rowley, Alberta • Ghost Towns of Canada

Release date:

2002

Running time:

23 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

No

Availability in North America:

Available in Canada

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Part of the Ghost Towns of Canada series

The fate of Rowley, Alberta is not unique. An obscure name on a map and a few sepia photos is all too often the sole legacy of many prairie towns, built and beloved by the first settlers but unable to recover from the Depression's torrid years. The real story behind this particular little town is its repeated revival. Twice in the last half-century, Rowley has vanished and returned. First in the 1940s, a new vitality freshened the fading town in the form of Chinese immigrant, Sam Leung. For years after it opened, Sam's Restaurant became the hub of the community. Forty years later, after its proprietor had passed away, the two-dozen remaining residents hosted a series of break-and-enter parties at Sam's to raise money for back taxes. Once they'd bought the establishment, restored and re-opened it, tourism began to build and movie crews discovered the town's quaint charm. Even a brief stint as "Rowleywood", however, was unable ensure a return to richer times.

Titles included in this series:
Ireland's Eye, Newfoundland
Grosse Île, Québec
Val Jalbert, Québec
Silver Islet, Ontario
Depot Harbour, Ontario
Creighton, Ontario
Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan
Nordegg, Alberta
Barkerville, British Columbia
Sandon, British Columbia
Ocean Falls, British Columbia
Cassiar, British Columbia

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