A Calgary Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were

By Mark Kozub

Before changing into the oil capital of the state, Calgary used to be a nineteenth-century boomtown within the center of Alberta. The roots of significant prosperity have been starting to be, even though politicians and most of the people believed the West used to be top left to the trapper and trader.

Nurtured through a feeling of imaginative and prescient and the sweat of excellent outdated labor, Calgary grew, and has now blossomed right into a world-class cosmopolitan urban famous for its burgeoning oil and fuel undefined, its famed Calgary Zoo, and naturally, the Stampede. A Calgary Album is a sentimental trip right into a farm animals city that grew to become much more. via sixty-five excellent black and white images and interesting storytelling, the authors take the reader again to the time of the "real" cowboys, to the times whilst the streetcar gave the look of technological know-how fiction, in the course of the melancholy, the nice wars, the days of increase, bust, and restoration. We revisit the movers, the shakers, and the honourable daily those that became this "cow city" right into a urban worthy bragging approximately.

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Even within the yr 1889, Stephen street used to be a strange position to discover a cow. Glenbow records, Calgary, Canada NA-2864-13233 Photographer unknown fireplace! ON NOVEMBER fifth, 1886 AT five A. M. , on the northwest nook of ninth road (then Atlantic street) and Centre highway (then McTavish Street), at the back of Parrish & Son’s flour and feed shop, a couple of blameless sparks signalled the beginning of a hearth that will rage its far more than 1st road West, east over ninth street and southwest to eighth street (then Stephen Avenue). climatic conditions have been opposed to the voters of Calgary and a couple of favourite constructions have been burnt to a cinder. one of the eighteen companies wiped from the face of Calgary have been the Pullman Saloon, Union lodge, and Dunne & Lineham’s outdated butcher store. The Royal resort could have been burnt to the floor, too, had it no longer been for volunteers who frantically secure it with rainy blankets. overall damages expense a then stunning $103,200. below 1 / 4 of that was once coated through policies. the reason for the hearth is, to this present day, unknown. The Empire inn on hearth at evening. Glenbow documents, Calgary, Canada NB-16-427 Photographer: Oliver, W. J. , Calgary, Alberta The Empire resort. Glenbow records, Calgary, Canada NB-16-426 Photographer: Oliver, W. J. , Calgary, Alberta Even a revered hearth leader loves to clown round! the following, Calgary’s hearth leader from the years 1898 — 1933, James “Cappy” shrewdpermanent, hammed it up for the cameras, dressed as a Scottish comic often called Sir Harry Lauder. Glenbow information, Calgary, Canada NA-2316-3 Photographer unknown The Calgary hearth Department’s automobiles photographed outdoor of the previous hearth Station No. 1. Glenbow files, Calgary, Canada NA-2854-116 Photographer unknown The Sandstone period AFTER the hearth OF 1886, wary Calgarians started to use a brand new kind of building: constructions have been now being made from sandstone. one of many first to be outfitted used to be the courthouse, by way of the erection of a formal fireplace apartment, positioned at the north aspect of seventh street among Centre road and 1st road East. many houses have been additionally outfitted utilizing sandstone. Sir James A. Lougheed, a favored businessman of the time, outfitted his strong relatives domestic, named Beaulieu, utilizing the fashionable fabric in 1889. The Sandstone period was once, in spite of the fact that, a short-lived one. through 1914, the development was once opting for substitute different types of development fabrics, together with brick and limestone. one of many final constructions in Calgary to be inbuilt this kind used to be The Mewata Armouries in 1917. Beaulieu — the Lougheed kinfolk place of abode within the early 1900s. Glenbow data, Calgary, Canada NA-789-157 Photographer unknown using the Rails ON JULY 21, 1890, THE HONOURABLE Edgar Dewdney, Minister of the inner, used to be noticed by means of many in a curious pose for a guy of such stature: he was once witnessed digging up the Albertan soil with a shovel. The celebration used to be considered one of massive effect: Dewdney had the respect of turning the 1st sod for the Calgary-Edmonton railway (construction of which might be accomplished the subsequent year).

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