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The Trail Blazers and the Cavalcades: Proving the Need for the David Thompson Highway

The Trail Blazers ready to leave Rocky Mountain House in 1941
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E.S. Brett, W. Ellenburgh, C. Bruce, W. Schierholtz, S. Hooker, W. Fisher, Mr. Shaw, Ernie Ross.
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Preparing to head out
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Trail Blazers on the road to Nordegg
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The Trail Blazers reach the Reed's Highway Service Garage at Nordegg, Alberta
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Steep track down the hillside
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Ernie Ross' Model A Ford, with a coil of rope hanging off the front
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Not quite ready to go
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The way is clear and someone's going back to drive the other car
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The Trail Blazers taking a break
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Another day, another hill to climb
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Time to stretch your legs
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Checking the map
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Using their muscles and physics to clear the way
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At camp
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Climbing higher
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Shovelling is hard work
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Calculating the best place to ford the Whitegoat River, known now as the Cline River
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