Arriving in Calgary after the building of the railway in 1883, the Chinese would work in a variety of trades including, lumber camps, coal miners, laundries, housekeepers, and restaurant owners. While the population remained small during the early years, the… Read More ›
Perhaps one of Calgary’s most unique building transformations of 1913…
Once again, my habit of staying up late in search of distinctive historical buildings in Calgary has produce, yet another noteworthy gem, the St. Mary’s Parish Hall / CNR Train Station. This search directed me to the trendy neighbourhood of… Read More ›
The beavers may be gone, but the house still remains…
You have probably walked, biked, and possibly even parked beside this 137 year old wooden shack on numerous occasions, taking little notice of its dilapidated exterior, hidden under mature trees and various shrubs, withering away with each passing day. Designated… Read More ›
Slaughter houses, sawmills, and the Sundance Kid…..
9th Avenue SE, formally known as Atlantic Avenue and Whiskey Row, has been around since the early 1880’s; with the creation of this historic avenue came numerous industries, such as slaughter houses, sawmills, notorious hotels, saloons, and of course the… Read More ›
I love Calgary’s history, but…
Oh…I told myself I won’t do this; actually, I promised myself that I wouldn’t do this; yet, here I find myself doing the very thing I sore I wouldn’t do – complain, there I said it. I mean, I am… Read More ›
“Only Yesterday” and only in Calgary…
As many of you know, I crave history, like dogs crave bones, so naturally I always head to the History section in bookstores. This is where I caress the numerous book spines that line the shelves, patiently looking for that… Read More ›
“Castle by the Tracks” – The Palliser Hotel
The Western Standard newspaper of June 20, 1914 described the elegant new hotel in detail. “The floor of the rotunda, vestibule, entrance hall and elevator hall is of grey Tennessee marble, and the columns that support the roof are finished… Read More ›
Start with a “Conversation” and leave with a photographic journey of Calgary’s National Historic District…
In 2002, Stephen Avenue Walk was bestowed with the honour and declared a National Historic District within the city limits. Located in the downtown corridor of Calgary, this avenue was named in 1884 after George Stephen, the first president of… Read More ›
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