Blowing Smoke


Back in 1912 the land barons speculated
That people would pay
For the land around
Victoria’s Hardy Bay

The agents created a map
Listing the best parts of the land
Drumming up interest for those
Willing to spend just about a grand.

The presentation was slick
Listing the ease of travel afar
But this was before good roads
So few went away in a car.

And therein was the hook
The railroads were coming to town
To make the port cities boom
And the land the most desirable around.

The trains did come
The smoke from their stacks blowing
And the developers were correct
As the town on Hardy Bay kept on growing.


Photo Credits:

  1. By Broadhurst, William Henry, 1855-1927 [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  2. By TwistedDoubt at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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