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 Edmonton – Historic buildings

Edmonton heritage

Source: C2E Forum

As promised long time ago, here’s round 3 of Edmonton’s downtown core and area.
Thanks to Sonic Death Monkey and Green Grovenor, I have been made aware of another source of historical information: Lawrence Herzog’s collection of ‘It’s Our Heritage’ columns which are available online.  

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 Gateway to the North

Edmonton history

Source: Edmonton History

A Salute to Edmonton’s History
What makes Edmonton special to me is city’s history. This history lets me discover and know where we’ve been and has indeed paved the way to what we’ve become!

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 Edmonton – lost in the valley

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina
Pictures and text: from C2E forum

The North Saskatchewan River snakes its way through the city with a long green belt of parkland running along both banks. This is North America’s largest stretch of city parkland, one long recreational area strewn with cycling paths and trails.

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 The Shaftesbury ferry

Traveling Alberta

By: Cigdem Iltan
Photography by: Bruce Edwards

A ferryman never crosses same river twice
The Shaftesbury ferry runs west of Peace River. It is one of the few remaining in this province and the only one powered by a tug boat. Shaftesbury Ferry tugboat operator Gert van Butselaar has crossed the Peace River up to 80 times a day for most of the last 16 years, but says he never gets tired of his workplace view.

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 The Powwow at Alexis

Edmonton life

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation Powwow
Several weeks ago my wife was invited to annual competition Powwow at Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation band and being a good husband I went along. The event took place on July 6, 7 and 8th at the Alexis reserve in Alberta. We also invited our quests Lidija and Nikolina (young girls from Croatia) to join us for this event as we were sure, they have never had a chance to see Powwow before.

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 I Remember when…

Edmonton heritage

By Zdenko Kahlina

Fond memories of Edmonton’s past
Edmonton has been my home base or home city for a several decades now. I moved here from Croatia with my family in 1989. So, I do remember some of the old things mentioned here.

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 CN Tower in Edmonton

Edmonton heritage

Source: C2E Portal

Rail travel in Edmonton
The CN office tower in Edmonton presides over an abandoned rail yard that’s now being converted into yet another one of the many condo developments that are cropping up around the city in its most recent boom.

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 Mining in Beverly

Edmonton history

Source: Edmonton archives

Mining in the Beverly Area
In the early twentieth century Alberta was one of Canada’s main producers of coal. Several coal deposits run through the Edmonton area. The largest is the Clover Bar seam in northeast Edmonton, which is located underneath the Beverly area. This seam produced 95% of the coal produced in the Edmonton area.

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 Horse Hills

Edmonton heritage

Source: Edmonton History

Coming up for Living on the Edge
Horse Hills is the land north of the Anthony Henday, west of Manning Drive and east of the North Saskatchewan River. This is the area where I ride my bicycle because I live close by at the North end of the city and there is no big volume of traffic.

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 Forging a new city

Edmonton history

By: Trevor Robb, Edmonton Examiner

The Greater Edmonton
The early 1900′s marked a time of great optimism for the two bustling cities of Edmonton and Strathcona. Both were experiencing tremendous growth, but for two cities separated only by the North Saskatchewan river it was only a matter of time before the two became one.

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 Edmonton Historic buildings

Edmonton heritage

From C2E forum
Edmonton is a newborn in terms of most European or Asian Cities. As you may notice from the following photos, the building material of choice in those days was plain red brick.

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 Alberta Hotel reborn

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Iconic structure arose again on original site.
The other day on my way to Shaw Convention centre I passed by the newly built ‘Alberta Hotel’ on Jasper Avenue. What an incredible building. It’s been rebuild from pieces lying in storage since the historic structure was demolished 25 years ago.

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 Princess Theatre

Edmonton heritage

By: Emil Tiedemann

Edmonton’s Independent Cinema showcases alternative films seven days a week…
I know what you’re thinking, that what could the Princess Theatre possibly bring to the table that’s any different from all those multi-plex movie theatres sprawled throughout the city?

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 The Party’s on…

Edmonton life

Text: Marcus Fernando
Pictures: Zdenko Kahlina

FRINGEOPOLIS… Fringe Theatre Festival
It was a jolly holiday with the 34th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, SupercaliFRINGEilistic, in August 13-23, 2015!Take a historic neighborhood, add dozens of different venues, stir in performers from around the world, throw in a few hundred thousand audience members and let it grow over 11 days. The result: one Fringe Festival.

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 Servus Heritage Festival

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina
I am always excited in the summer, when Heritage Days festival begins!  It’s part of Edmonton and it’s a lot of fun.

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 Cruising Whyte Avenue

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina

People watching on Edmonton promenade!
At this time of a year it might be a good thing to remind yourself on nice and warm weather we have had here during the summer and forget for a moment on showeling the snow. Last summer my wife and I were enjoying some great weather during the Fringe festival and were walking along the Whyte Avenue.

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 HUB Mall

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Students love HUB Mall… and me too!
I really like HUB Mall. I have always wished that I attended University here in Edmonton, just so I could live in the dorms upstairs and start my own pattern of pop cans in the windows.

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 High Level Bridge History

Edmonton heritage

Source: The Edmonton Radial Railway Society’s
 
Early in 1903 the engineers of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway (C & ER), which had reached Strathcona in 1891, began surveys for a possible crossing of the North Saskatchewan River to reach Edmonton. In early May of 1903 the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) purchased the C & ER so any new railroad bridge would be built by CPR.

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 Edmonton’s Ultimate Hardware Store

Edmonton heritage

By: Lawrence Herzog

Edmonton’s Ultimate Hardware Store on Jasper Avenue
If you talk with anyone who lived in Edmonton in the 50 years starting in 1930, they’ll attest that W.W. Arcade was the ultimate hardware store. If I really think about it, I can still smell the place and hear the squeak of the floors underfoot and, if you were in the basement, overhead. I can see the shelves piled high with an array of goods and hundreds of other items dangling from the ceilings.

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 Back in time – Fort Edmonton

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Great place to spend the day and walk through time
Company in town? Looking for a great day of fun, learning and relaxation? Fort Edmonton is the place to go! I love Fort Edmonton. I truly do. It’s a fun, accessible place for people to learn about local history, and for families to spend time together.

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 The Muttard Conservatory

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Four amazing pyramids, endless opportunities for discovery.
Muttart Conservatory pyramids are indeed a “jewel in the arctic”. With eight months of the year shrouded in wintry weather, Edmonton is the most populous northern city in Canada. Naturally, if you live here you would develop a craving for other earthly climes especially in the middle of winter.

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 Edmonton Streetcar

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Ride into history this summer!
Do you know that Edmonton has its own street car? Last summer during the Fringe festival, because of the parking problem in Old Strathcona, my wife and I decided to ride the streetcar.

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 Gateway to the North

Edmonton heritage

Source: Edmonton History

A Salute to Edmonton’s History
What makes Edmonton special to me is city’s history. This history lets me discover and know where we’ve been and has indeed paved the way to what we’ve become!

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 Federal Building

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina

I’m in love with this place!
I see this building in downtown Edmonton every day as I work just across the street. From a distance, it’s impressive enough. Soft, wheat-colored stone against the Alberta blue sky, blocky Art Deco shapes and folds.  Up close, though, you can see the gorgeous and thoughtful Albertan symbols integrated throughout.The Federal building has been closed since 1989.

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 The ‘Ledge’

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Legislature Grounds are Stunning!
One of Edmonton’s most used areas, and one of my favorite places, is the legislative grounds. The Ledge is iconic in Edmonton with its domed roof and spire raised over the downtown, and is visible from across the river to the south, down 108th Street and from the east as well. The Legislature Building is situated on 23 HA of parkland that represents a history going back to the late 1800′s when these grounds were a 5-hole golf course.

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