Every July, Calgary sees a massive influx of people clad in cowboy hats and boots, oversized belt buckles, and, yes, bolo ties. They’re here for the Calgary Stampede, an annual 10-day shindig that typically draws more than one million people to the Stampede grounds in Victoria Park. In fact, the event temporarily transforms the entire […]Read More from It started as a one-time, two day party. The rest is Stampede history.
Calgary’s old City Hall is currently undergoing a massive rehabilitation. The 106-year-old storied sandstone building is shrouded behind scaffolding and a protective enclosure, covered with an image of the original City Hall. That building was officially opened June 26, 1911 by Sir Robert Borden, the leader of the federal opposition party, who became prime minister […]Read More from Happy 106th City Hall!
Today, the New Central Library describes a cornerstone project under construction in Calgary’s East Village. But more than 50 years ago, the new Central Library referred to the Central Library at 616 Macleod Trail SE, which opened June 15, 1963. The new New Central Library, slated to open in fall 2018, will provide 240,000 square […]Read More from 54 years ago today, a new Central Library opened
Back in Calgary in 1913, a newly passed bylaw regulated what could happen on streets, sidewalks, and thoroughfares in the growing city, all in the name of preserving order. Among the exhaustive list of rules under bylaw 1502? No running or racing on streets or sidewalks, and no crowding or jostling "other foot passengers so […]Read More from Crossing a bridge? Leave pigs at home.
Clocking in at six-stories, the Grain Exchange building at 1st Street and 9th Avenue SW was one of the tallest buildings in Alberta when it was built in 1909. It was the first building to extend Calgary’s business section beyond 8th Avenue. The building’s owner William Roper Hull, was a local real estate mogul, and […]Read More from 1909: When six stories equaled “skyscraper” in Calgary.
It was an enterprising Okotoks farmer's discovery near Turner Valley that led to the birth of Western Canada’s first commercial oilfield. William Stewart Herron recognized the odour bubbling up along the Sheep River from his days working the oilfields of Pennsylvania. He captured the vapour in a couple of gallon stone jugs and sent it […]Read More from Pandemonium broke out in Calgary on May 18, 1914. Here’s why…
Contrary to legend, prohibition was not dropped on an unsuspecting public by fuddy-duddy women who had recently been given the vote. The campaign for a "Dry Alberta" was led by women and men as a response to the rampant public drunkenness and domestic abuse of the time. Women’s groups like the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union moved to ban […]Read More from Few Alberta towns were actually dry during prohibition, much to the dismay of the “Drys”.
Fighting fires was an ad-hoc affair when Calgary was still a sleepy little town. At the shout of “fire” people would come running with buckets filled up at the town water tank. In winter, some would battle the flames with snowballs. Neither technique, needless to say, proved effective. Ten years after the creation of Fort […]Read More from Fighting Fires in Calgary: From Steam Engines to Engine23
They may be popular now, but some of Calgary’s iconic Centennial attractions had less than glamorous beginnings. No matter how they got their start, they join the ranks of thousands of buildings and monuments across the nation that were created in 1967 to mark the 100th anniversary of Confederation. Confederation Park: Garbage Dump No More Once […]Read More from From garbage dump to Historic Resource: Discover the history of some Calgary icons as they celebrate their 50th
More than 100 years ago—on April 19, 1916—Alberta women got the right to vote. We weren’t the first province to grant women the vote; that belongs to Manitoba, just three months earlier. Women in Québec were not able to vote until 1940. Women’s suffrage in Canada was a decades-long struggle for equality and justice to […]Read More from Alberta women gained the right to vote in provincial elections 101 years ago