Tag Archives: 1910s

Edmonton’s McKeen Motor Cars: Interurban Railway Service to Lac La Biche via the Alberta & Great Waterways Railway

 

McKeen Motor Cars and Edmonton Interurban Service to Lac La Biche

NA-3853-1 - McKeen Motor Car at Lac La Biche - 1910s

McKeen Motor Car at Lac La Biche – 1910s

Article on service to Lac La Biche - The Edmonton Bulletin, June 19, 1916, Page 26, Item Ar02603

Article on service to Lac La Biche – The Edmonton Bulletin, June 19, 1916, Page 26, Item Ar02603 (Peel Prairie Provinces Collection)

No Blank Slugs marred first bulletin picnic at lac la biche - The Edmonton Bulletin, July 3, 1916, Page 5, Item Ar00508

No Blank Slugs marred first bulletin picnic at lac la biche – The Edmonton Bulletin, July 3, 1916, Page 5, Item Ar00508 (Peel Prairie Provinces Collection)

Timetable - The Edmonton Bulletin, June 19, 1917, Page 11, Item Ad01102_9

Timetable – The Edmonton Bulletin, June 19, 1917, Page 11, Item Ad01102_9 (Peel Prairie Provinces Collection)

na-1846-1 - Inn at Lac La Biche, Alberta - 1916

Inn at Lac La Biche, Alberta – 1916

Near The End

Dunvegan Yards - old cars, Dunvegan, Alberta. - 1929

Dunvegan Yards – old cars, Dunvegan, Alberta. – 1929

The McKeen Motor Car Company

shiawasseehistory.com - McKeen Motor Car graphic

 McKeen Motor Car graphic (shiawasseehistory.com)

shiawasseehistory.com - McKeen Motor Car diagram

McKeen Motor Car diagram (shiawasseehistory.com)

shiawasseehistory.com - McKeen Motor Car interior

McKeen Motor Car interior (shiawasseehistory.com)

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Dunvegan Rail Yard & Area

Overview

Dunvegan Yards and Area - 1920 Henderson

Peel Prairie Provinces

Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway Yard

Railway Station

nc-6-842 - Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway depot, Edmonton, Alberta - 1914nc-6-840 - Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway depot, Edmonton, Alberta - 1913nc-6-841 - Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway depot, Edmonton, Alberta - 1914na-1328-3067 - Homesteaders boarding the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway train, Edmonton, Alberta - 1914

 

Karl Clark’s Oil Sands Separation Plant (1924-1925)

A11227 - Experimental Bituminous Sand Separation Plant, Dunvegan Yards, Edmonton - 1925A3525 - Bitumount Sand Separation Plant, Edmonton - 1925PAA A3526 - Karl Clark_s model oil sands separation plant constructed at Dunvegan Yards of Edmonton in 1924 - 1924A11230 - Experimental Bituminous Sand Separation Plant, Dunvegan Yards, Edmonton - Looking NW - 1924-1925

North West Lumber Company Limited Mill

Looking Southeast

nc-6-1347B - Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway lumber yard, Edmonton, Alberta - 1914

Looking South

nc-6-1347A - Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway lumber yard, Edmonton, Alberta - 1914

Looking East

nc-6-6441 - Railway track, Northern Lumber Company building on left - Actually North West Lumber near Dunvegan Yard - 1921

Looking Southeast

nc-6-11721b - Railway crossing, Edmonton, Alberta - North West Lumber Co Ltd - 1925-07

Surrounding Subdivisions

EIR Route Map - The Edmonton Bulletin, October 18, 1912 (Morning Edition), Page 10, Item Ad01002_1

Courtesy of Peel Prairie Provinces Collection: The Dunvegan Yard was in the space identified on this map as “J.D. MacArthur”. Brown Estate and Sunset Park can be seen to the southwest of the Dunvegan Yard.

Brown Estate

Advertising: June 1912

Brown Estate Ad - The Edmonton Bulletin, June 11, 1912 (MORNING EDITION), Page 9, Item Ad00901_1Brown Estate Ad - The Edmonton Bulletin, June 17, 1912 (MORNING EDITION), Page 8, Item Ad00801_3Brown Estate and EIR - The Edmonton Bulletin, June 19, 1912 (MORNING EDITION), Page 9, Item Ad00901_2

Failing: October 1919

Brown Estate Abandonment - The Edmonton Bulletin, October 28, 1919 (City Edition), Page 3, Item Ar00302

Sunset Park

Sunset Park AdvertisementSunset Park ad - The Edmonton Bulletin, June 15, 1912 (MORNING EDITION), Page 16, Item Ad01601_11

 

Canadian Northern Western Railway Station (Southside – 80th Avenue)

Overview

Edmonton once boasted many beautiful railway stations–the last preserved one is the Canadian Pacific Railway Station near Whyte Ave, and there were three large stations downtown. But did you know that there was once another station in Edmonton’s core, only a block away from the preserved Canadian Pacific Railway station?

This station was operated under the Canadian Northern Western Railway charter by the Canadian Northern Railway (which built stations near 104 avenue and 101 street downtown).

Have a look on this 1917 map hosted by the University of Alberta and see images of the station below.

1914 (Looking North)

nc-6-698 - Canadian Northern Railway depot and locomotive #324, south side, Edmonton, Alberta - 1913nc-6-699 - Canadian Northern Railway depot and locomotive #324, south side, Edmonton, Alberta - 1913

EdHGIS: 1914 & 2016 Imagery

As of the 2010s, a strip mall stands in the space once occupied by the railway station.

nc-6-698 - Canadian Northern Railway depot, south side, Edmonton, Alberta - 2016-10-01

Fire Alarm & Police Call Box Systems in Edmonton

Introduction

Gamewell Fire Box at 97th and Jasper

Gamewell Fire Alarm Box at 97th Street & Jasper Avenue

Fire Alarm Boxes and Police Call Boxes were once common throughout cities and towns in the developed world. Police Call Boxes may be familiar to many readers through Doctor Who’s T.A.R.D.I.S., which takes The Doctor on his adventures through space and time. Fire Alarm boxes may be less familiar, since they have disappeared from many municipalities and have not been recycled as a pop-culture icon.

Edmonton installed its first Fire Alarm Boxes in 1907, and followed these with Police Boxes (though much different from the British style seen in Doctor Who) in 1910. The articles and images in this post sum up the best online references to the City of Edmonton’s Gamewell Fire Alarm System and Gamewell Police Alarm System as well as Strathcona’s Northern Electric Fire Alarm System. This article will be updated if and when new material surfaces.

Thanks go to the Peel Prairie Provinces Newspaper Collection for the newspaper clippings below. There are more relevant articles on the Peel website, but most dealt with questions of system cost and financing.

1895

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 27, 1895, p.1

Rumblings about a Fire Alarm System go back to the 1800s, as this article shows.

1895-05-27 The Edmonton Bulletin, May 27, 1895, Page 1, Item Ar00105 (Town Council)

1903

The Edmonton Bulletin, June 10, 1903, p.2

And rumblings continue in the early 1900s…

1903-06-10 The Edmonton Bulletin, June 10, 1903, Page 2, Item Ar00204 (Fire Alarm System)

1906

The Edmonton Bulletin, November 21, 1906, p.2

Finally, we see action and a Gamewell Fire Alarm system has been ordered for the young City of Edmonton.

1906-11-21 The Edmonton Bulletin, November 21, 1906, Page 2, Item Ar00207 (Fire Alarm System Ordered)

1907

The Edmonton Bulletin, January 31, 1907, p.2

Not to be outdone, the City of Strathcona looks into a fire alarm system.

1907-01-31 The Edmonton Bulletin, January 31, 1907, Page 2, Item Ar00217 (Outline of Fire Alarm System Which May Shortly Be Installed In Strathcona)

The Edmonton Bulletin, April 1, 1907, p.4

1907-04-01 The Edmonton Bulletin, April 1, 1907, Page 4, Item Ar00403 (Fire Alarm System Shipped)

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 17, 1907, p.7

1907-05-17 The Edmonton Bulletin, May 17, 1907, Page 7, Item Ar00706 (Fire Alarm System Coming)

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 28, 1907, p.5

1907-05-28 The Edmonton Bulletin, May 28, 1907, Page 5, Item Ar00511 (Fire Alarm System Here)

The Edmonton Bulletin, June 4, 1907, p.1

1907-06-04 The Edmonton Bulletin, June 4, 1907, Page 1, Item Ar00132 (Fire Alarm Being Installed)

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 30, 1907, p.8

Edmonton’s Gamewell Fire Alarm System is installed!

1907-09-30 The Edmonton Bulletin, September 30, 1907, Page 8, Item Ar00816 (Alarm System Finished)

The Edmonton Bulletin, October 3, 1907, p.8

Where might I find a Fire Alarm Box in Edmonton in 1907? Glad you asked…

1907-10-03 The Edmonton Bulletin, October 3, 1907, Page 8, Item Ar00808 (Where The Fire Alarm Boxes Are)

The Edmonton Bulletin, November 13, 1907, p.2

And, just behind Edmonton, Strathcona installs its Northern Electric Fire Alarm System.

1907-11-13 The Edmonton Bulletin, November 13, 1907, Page 2, Item Ar00203 (Strathcona News-Fire Alarm System)

1910

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 10, 1910, p.1

Police Boxes for Edmonton?

1910-05-10 The Edmonton Bulletin, May 10, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00112 (Police Boxes Will Be Ready By August)

The Edmonton Bulletin, November 17, 1910, p.8

Twenty-five Gamewell Police Call Boxes installed in Edmonton in late November 1910. This article includes a detailed description of Edmonton’s Gamewell Police Call Boxes.

1910-11-17 The Edmonton Bulletin, November 17, 1910, Page 8, Item Ar00809 (Install Police Alarms)

1911

The Edmonton Capital, January 7, 1911, p.6

Gamewell Fire Alarm System equipment in an Edmonton fire hall.

1911-01-07 The Edmonton Capital, January 7, 1911, Page 6, Item Ar00603 (Department Has 4 Equipped Halls)

1918

The Edmonton Bulletin, February 7, 1918, p.2

1918-02-07 The Edmonton Bulletin, February 7, 1918, Page 2, Item Ad00206_3 (Reward Advertisement)

1920

The Edmonton Bulletin, November 13, 1920 (City Edition), p.9

A detailed description of Edmonton’s Gamewell Fire Alarm Boxes.

1920-11-13 The Edmonton Bulletin, November 13, 1920 (City Edition), Page 9, Item Ar00903 (History of the City's Fire Fighters)