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Agriculture and Ranching

Vegetable Gardens and Heritage Seed Preservation

Historical gardens and flowerbeds dot the landscape of Heritage Park, and are intended to enhance a visitor's historical experience by presenting some of the vegetables, flowers and herbs commonly grown in gardens throughout Western Canada before 1914...

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Sod Shack

It is estimated that between 1900 and 1910, approximately one million sod houses were in use on the Prairies of North America. Upon their arrival on the Prairies, many settlers were dismayed to see that there were not enough large trees in the coulees to build a log cabin...

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Shonts Grain Elevator

Grain elevators have been an integral part of the Western Canadian landscape for the past century, and this American invention took advantage of the fluid properties of grain and reduced the need for manual labour involved in moving and storing it. The grain elevator at Shonts, Alberta, 400 kilometres northeast of Calgary, was built in 1909 by the Security Elevator Co. of Winnipeg...

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Rodeo Arena

Heritage Park constructed this arena in 1984 to illustrate a sport that developed out of the daily activities of cowboys, and has since grown into one of Southern Alberta's most popular spectator sports...

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Repsol Heritage Education Centre (Burns Barn)

This barn was built in 1927 for the P. Burns and Company Bow Valley Ranch in Calgary. Its owner, Patrick Burns, was one of the celebrated Big Four who first invested in Guy Weadick's Calgary Stampede in 1912...

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Lord Chisholm's Windmill

Lord Chisholm, one of many British gentlemen to settle in Southern Alberta around the turn of the 20th century, likely had the wooden tower for his windmill built by labourers on his farm near Crossfield, Alberta, in 1893. The mill head was constructed by the Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company of Beatrice, Nebraska, some time after 1931...

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Livingston House and Barn

The barn was built c.1878, and the house c.1883, by Sam Livingston, an innovative farmer who was once contracted to supply fresh meat to the North West Mounted Police at Fort Calgary; Livingston was also one of Calgary's earliest settlers...

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Implement Sheds

Carpentry students, contractors and Heritage Park employees built these three sheds in 1992 to provide shelter for the Park's collection of farm implements. The sheds are patterned after drawings of machine sheds published before 1914, and contain a steam-powered Case tractor, a grain separator, grain-cleaning equipment, a hay press, un-restored ploughs, seeders and hay rakes, among others...

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Hull Carriage House

This carriage house was designed by William Roper Hull, one of Calgary's early tycoons, to be part of his Langmore estate. Covering 22 city lots, the estate was valued at $12,000 in 1905. Hull first arrived in Calgary with 1,200 head of horses, which he and a partner sold to the North West Mounted Police and the Northwest Cattle Company...

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Gunn's Dairy Barn

John Gunn arrived from Scotland in 1911 to manage the 4X Bakery in Calgary, but soon left to concentrate on his burgeoning dairy farm. In 1929, he commissioned Victor Dionne, a contractor from the United States, to build this barn to house his dairy herd at the Gunn farm, which stood just east of what is now the Calgary International Airport...

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