Monday, June 22, 2015

Eighty-Five Feet Per Picture

Before there was Google Maps, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation decided the best way to maintain provincial roads was to "photolog" them by car every 85 feet and send the images to the capital, where they could be analyzed by engineers.

The above "photolog" was shot in 1966. It begins at the Canada-U.S. border (Osoyoos-Oroville) and travels north on Highyway 97 to Penticton.

Thanks to Scott Moore for bringing these films to my attention, and to the CBC for its story on the "B.C. Road Trip Time Machine."

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