This is a TRUE STORY:Would you care to float a Trail Balloon? Read on!
In 1871, long before the completion of the Trans-Canada railway system, the small town of Trail BC, situated just north of the United States border, needed an inexpensive method to ship goods across the Rockies to the rest of Canada.
Goods, such as high-quality steel, started to be produced in the new local smelter in Trail, and they started to get a very good reputation in the rest of Canada.
Unwilling to await the completion of a railroad, the local city fathers, under the direction of the first mayor, Thaddeus Stevens, hit upon the idea of actually floating these high-quality ingots across the Rockies in large hydrogen-filled balloons. The prevailing westerlies would then carry the large balloons to Alberta and Saskatchewan. Perhaps even as far east as Manitoba. Once all their hydrogen had grqdually leaked out, the balloons would slowly land, and easily be found by folks who saw them passing by. (It was arranged that a small reward would be offered to the finders)
After several attempts, the idea was shelved, as no balloon was ever found. At least, not east of the Rockies.
So, the engineers want back to their drawing boards.
It was eventually discovered that the original surface coating of the balloons was insuffiently air-tight, and the Hydrogen leaked out much too quickly.
A few years later, a couple of the deflated balloons and their rich metal cargo were located in the wilderness of the Rockies, confirming this mistake. But by then, the Trans-Canada railroad was nearing completion. And these Steel ingots in the wilderness were now considered just a curiousity.
Several balloons and their precious steel ingots are still reputed to be in the Rockies. Now, however, they will fetch quite a price! But only as historical artifacts and desired by museums. Each summer, several dozen people hike the Rockies looking for them.
And so! This is how the expression "Trail balloon" or "Let's float a Trail balloon!" originated!
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