Accession N-2014-001 - Ross Laycock collection

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Ross Laycock collection

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  • Cartographic material

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  • 1963-1970 (Creation)
    Laycock, Ross

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76 photographs (colour transparencies), one 8 mm film reel, one 16 mm film reel, and one cartographic booklet

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Mr. Laycock was born in Ponoka, Alberta on September 5, 1928. After he graduated high school he spent 10 years as an employee of Chevron Standard Limited. In 1956 he formed his own company, Pawnee Petroleum Ltd. In the early 1960s he established Calgary Exploration Services (Calex) with his wife Georgina Laycock and his business partner Ronald Schmitke. In the winter of 1962/63, under contract with Canadian National Telecommunications, Calex cleared a right-of-way for a telegraph line along the Mackenzie River from Fort Providence to Inuvik. During the winter of 1963/64, Calex again used the right-of-way constructed the previous year to push through the first winter road from Fort Providence to Inuvik. This road was operated as a toll road by Calex. Calex continued to operate winter roads until Mr. Laycock's death in December 1969.

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The photographs document the construction of a winter road between Fort Providence and Inuvik in 1963-1964. The 8 mm film appears to depict a flight from Calgary to Norman Wells. The 16 mm film depicts the loading and unloading of barges through various communities along the Mackenzie River, including Hay River, Fort Simpson, Fort Wrigley and Fort Good Hope. The cartographic booklet is comprised of maps of the Mackenzie River.

The materials formerly belonged to Ross Laycock, who worked on the first winter road up the Mackenzie Valley from Fort Providence to Inuvik in the 1960s.

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      Copyright transferred to NWT Archives by donor.

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