Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1926 Sumas, Pitt Meadow, Maple Ridge: 'Land of The Diplodocus' aka 'Buckeye Machine' aka 'trench digger'

Chronologically: Fraser Valley Dikes brought on the discovery of Dinosaurs


Once upon a time the Diplodocus roamed the Fraser Valley, two miles down below the current communities' flood plains of ....... Sumas, Pitt Meadow, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Matsqui .....

... so why haven't the locals used that Dinosaur link as a tourist attraction rather than listening to the musings of Starbuck customers asking 'What the hell is that 'smell'?'.

From an earlier Post  ........undigested 'food' of the cow and their meadow muffins, .... 

The answer lies within this 1926 document:

 This pamphlet will only deal with some agriculture opportunities brought about by reclamation in the lower 900 square miles of the Fraser River watershed

Some Fine Agricultural Opportunities - Fraser River Valley - 1926
Images in no particular Order

 Clayburn Station  Page 14 of 24

Page 15 of 24

Reclamation consisted of barring the Fraser River flood waters, eliminating as far as possible the inflow of run-off water to the sump (Sumas Lake), and the unwatering of the sump. Two rivers of importance flowed into the Lake, the Vedder on one side and the Little Sumas on the other and these contributed materially to the problem and lessened the economic possibilities of the project. The Vedder was diverted from its entrance to the Lake and led through an excavated channel, supplemented by parallel dykes, in a direct course, utilizing a part of the Main Sumas as an escape, to the Fraser. These parallel dykes were continued at their outflow ends up the Fraser to Chilliwack Mountain on one side, and up the Main Sumas River and across it to Sumas Mountain on the other side, thus completing the barrier to flood-waters from the Fraser. The Little Sumas River, with its tributaries, was led on a high level around the Lake and emptied into the Main Sumas River at the Dyke Crossing, discharging by gravity through a flood-box when conditions are favourable, and thus minimizing pumping requirements in the sump.


An excellent book about the development of the early tanks is The Devil's Chariots

by John Glanfield. He fleshes out the many strands of the story which were taking place around this time. One thread involves Murray Sueter asking Vickers to build a hand-propelled armour shield arranged on a single wheel. Realising that the wheel would be useless in mud, Sueter now recalled Captain Scott's Wolseley crawler tractors used in the Antarctic. Apparently Sueter had advised Scott on these crawler tractors. A catalogue was found advertising Diplock's small wagon with full-width chain track. Diplock exhibited his chain tractor and trailer (model? full-size?) at the 1913 London Commercial Motor Show in 1913, but was unsuccessful in selling the idea, but apparently went on to produce the horse-drawn tracked wagons (intended for Colonial use). One of these small wagons was demonstrated in 1915 working in deep mud. The mud was too deep for the horse, but the wagon remained on top of the mud, thus Sueter bought it for his infantry screen.

Could this photo show Mr Diplocks exhibition display track? (Also from The Devil’s Chariots).



Fraser Valley Dinosaurs and more:

Page 21 of 24
New and Improved traction wheels

Page 23 of 24


1916: "Oliver Fruit and Gardens" fueled by Water.  99 years later same technology in use by moving Petroleum


 1918 A Little will work wonders when used in conjunction with many of the recipes contained in this booklet, lending that touch of individuality that often turns an ordinary dish into a delightful dainty.  Remarkably strong and not baking out.  Why not give it a trial?

British Columbia Fruit  Item 3 of 428

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