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Readin’ and writin’ and ‘rithmetic

Beginning School Districts in the County of Vulcan When early homesteaders began arriving in the area, they found that often there was not a school for their children. Families who wanted a school would gather to form a committee. There had to be at least three taxpayers. They would petition the Ministry of Education, asking […]

Passing Time: Marking Vulcan County

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Champion’s 100 Year Celebration

Next summer, 2011, marks the 100 year anniversary of Champion as a community.  A website has been set up by the 100 year celebration committee and can be seen at www.champion100years.com.   Please visit for information on the celebrations as well as great photo galleries from Champion’s history, a guestbook, and information on where to […]

‘Carmangay is turning 100’ Facebook Group

The year 2010 marks Carmangay’s 100th year as a community.  This summer, from July 30th to August 1st will be a celebtration and a ‘birthday party’ for Carmangay.  All current and past residents are encouraged to take part in the event.  As a precursor, a Facebook group has been set up with over 100 current […]

The Pittsburg of Canada – Part II

Abandoned structure next to steel grain bin in “downtown” Bow City (September 2009). With a mine at Bow City in full operation since 1909, the Prairie Coal Company Ltd. began to realize some success in promoting its properties to investors in North America and the United Kingdom. In 1910, nearby homesteader Daniel Scroggie opened a […]

The Pittsburg of Canada

Caption included with photo: “This block of coal, being from top to bottom of the seam, was banded with wood at the mine, hauled 25 miles to Brooks C.P.R. station over prairie trail taken to Regina over freight train unloaded on to a wagon, hauled to the exhibition grounds and placed on stand, bands removed […]

Bow City Townsite

Survey of the Bow City townsite, circa. 1910-11 with additional concept plan for W1/2 10-17-17 W4 by Canadian Pittsburg (sic) Realty Company. Provincial Archives of Alberta Once a mine had been opened along the south bank of the Bow River, Bow City Collieries Ltd. began to focus their attention on promotion of the townsite it […]

The Story of the Vulcan Hotel

The Vulcan Hotel has a unique place in the history of Southern Alberta.  One of the most notable geological events of the recent history of the area, the collapse of Turtle Mountain in the Crowsnest Pass and the resulting formation of Frank Slide, played a large role in the dynamic history of this building.  Following […]

Travers Reservoir before Little Bow Provincial Park

This photograph is from the Krystalowich family archives in Vulcan, but the exact date is unknown.  This is the site that would later become Little Bow Provincial Park.  Though a lot has changed, it is still a beautiful and unique place on the prairie. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via […]

The Forgotten Alberta Blog

Jonathan Koch, whose family has farmed in the Badger Lake area Northeast of Lomond for over 100 years, has been posting material to a blog he created called Forgotten Alberta for a couple of years.  The blog also includes historical content from the neighboring areas to East such as Bow City and Kinnondale, though there […]