van descending the Long Hill to the Traffic
|(Courtesy of Saskatoon
Public Library - Local History Room
The roadways known as the "Long" and
the "Short" hills were both cut out
of the slope of the valley. Loaded wagons and
street cars could not manage the Short Hill, but
used the Long Hill between the Broadway Bridge
and the Traffic Bridge. Even the Long Hill was
difficult for streetcars. In the winter months,
"black ice" coated the rails, and the
city kept a watchman at the foot of the hill to
keep the tracks sanded. The worst accident occurred
in March 1922. A car attempting to turn off the
hill onto the bridge left the rails, slid across
the southbound tracks, glanced off a telephone
pole and plunged over the bank, turning over and
tearing the roof off on a guywire as it fell.
Fortunately it landed right side up before collapsing.
No one was killed.