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1910 Prairie Railway Town

Didsbury Bandstand

Even though musical instruments were fragile and often unwieldy, many settlers brought them along when they came west. When enough musicians could be rounded up, often a small village band would form, and many towns, including Olds, High River, Blairmore and Calgary, built bandstands for their bands in public parks or squares...

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Nightingale Colony House

This house is a fine example of one of the thousands of "ready-made" houses and farms constructed by colonization companies to attract immigrants to the North West Territories. The Nightingale Colony, was started in response to requests by the Salvation Army for "assisted settlement" for those disappointed in their applications for smallholdings from the subdivision of large estates in England...

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Wing Chong Chinese Laundry

Most Chinese immigrants, nearly all of them men, arrived in Canada between 1881 and 1885 to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. When the railway was completed, most Chinese found they had not earned enough money to return to China or to send for loved ones...

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Windsor Hotel Two-Storey Outhouse

Ontario Native Tom Madden and partner Gordon Steeves built the Windsor Hotel in Lundbreck, Alberta, in 1905. While indoor plumbing wouldn't become commonplace for 25 years, Madden and Lundbreck devised a two-storey outhouse behind the hotel for the convenience of its patrons; a curiosity that became somewhat of a tourist attraction...

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Weedon School and Barn

The Weedon School is an excellent example of a one-room, multi-grade community school commonly found in villages and rural settings during the early days of the West. It was built in 1910 about 18 kilometres north of Cochrane, Alberta, by Mr. and Mrs. James Andison...

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Webster House

After entrepreneurial businessmen set up sawmills, a new kind of house began to be seen in the towns and villages of the Prairies. Frame houses made of sawn lumber took much less time and effort to build than their predecessors. Instead of collecting logs or cutting sod, all the materials necessary for a frame house could be purchased at a lumber mill, usually for less than $1,000...

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Wainwright Hotel

The Wainwright Hotel, moved from nearby Denwood to Wainwright, Alberta in 1908, was the focal point of the town's social activities, much as its Heritage Park replica is today. New settlers, farmers in town for the evening, itinerant doctors and theatre troupes all stayed at the hotel, whose elegant décor and furnishings were a striking improvement over the typical rustic prairie hotel...

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Vulcan Ice Cream Parlour

Until the 1930s, confectioneries and drugstores with soda jerks serving sundaes and ice cream were popular gathering places for teenagers. During the summer months these establishments could be busy until well past midnight...

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Traders Bank of Munson

Traders Bank of Munson The chartered banks of Central Canada were eager to acquire revenue in the rapidly expanding communities of the West, providing banking services to new settlers and investing in the emerging agricultural and mining industries...

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Toole Barn

This barn, built by William Toole behind his house in 1903, represents a typical "backyard barn" used by many city dwellers to house a family's horses and carriage...

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