Coleman, near Crowsnest Pass

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For anyone traveling westbound through Crowsnest Pass, your final chance to hop off of Highway 3, and explore a small town, comes at Coleman, Alberta.  Signs will tell you where to exit, to take a meandering drive through the historic district.  It’s a strange route that involves several turns, but it’s easy to find your way through downtown Coleman, and back to the highway.

Downtown Coleman’s commercial core is along 17th Avenue.  There are a handful of businesses here…

… including the Grand Union Hotel/Hostel.  Other businesses haven’t survived quite as well…

… like the Roxy Theatre.  It looks like it’s been waiting patiently for a restoration effort for quite some time. The building is pretty rough…

… but its neon sign is still hanging in there.

There’s also a nice ghost sign on the side of the Roxy, for Pepsi.

You’ll find a few other ghost signs and photogenic buildings as you drive around Coleman.

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