This story was originally published Jan. 1.

Calgary at a Crossroads

You spoke, we listened.

A few days ago we shared a few of the 'Jack Peach's Calgary' recordings, a little radio gold recaptured and made available here on the web after many years.

It seems, judging from the comments section on that story, that folks liked these historical gems.

A lot.

So, here are three more from our CBC archives.

Peach, one of the earliest and best known of our city's historians, recorded his musings for the Calgary Eyeopener in the 1970s. 

Jack Peach

An early photo of Jack Peach with CBC (Vancouver) affiliate CBR where he served as station announcer circa 1943. (Seffans-Colmer/

He was born in Calgary in 1913, and died in 1993. During his long life here, Jack Peach wrote many books on our city and its institutions, as well as a column in the Calgary Herald, radio broadcasts for us here at the CBC.

As part of our Calgary at a Crossroads project, we're looking at who we are as a city, and where we want to go.

But also, in order to understand all that, we need to know who we were.

What made Calgary the city it is.

Here are the stories of three of our city's iconic neighbourhoods.

17th Avenue

Devenish apartments Calgary 17th Ave 1912 Glenbow Archives

The Devenish apartments and a streetcar. The corner of 17th Avenue and Eighth Street S.W. in 1912. (Glenbow Archives)


Hillhurst Sunnyside Calgary

A 1909 football game on the prairie grass of Hillhurst. (Glenbow Archives)

Bowness Park

Bowness Park circa 1920

Boating on the Bow in Bowness Park, circa 1920. (Glenbow Archives)

Calgary at a Crossroads is CBC Calgary's special focus on life in our city during the downturn, a look at Calgary's culture, identity and what it means to be Calgarian. Read more stories from the series at Calgary at a Crossroads.