A Time to Remember

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A Time to Remember

This clip is part of a larger production on the history of the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood.
Click HERE to learn more.…
 

And The Show Goes On….

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And The Show Goes On….

Exciting news! The Ave We Had history project will be continuing on into phase two.
We were recently accepted for a generous grant from the Avenue Revitalization Initiative. The grant is to go towards developing a historic walking tour in the Southwest of the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood.
The intention with this project is to develop…

Burns Meat Packing Plant

Burns Meat Packing Plant

BY EDMONTON JOURNAL, EDMONTON JOURNAL
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Sept+1911+Burns+starts+work+packing+plant/7298244/story.html

When work began on the $1-million P. Burns & Co. (later Burns Foods) packing plant at 76th Street and 120th Avenue, it was considered one of the most significant industrial events in the city’s history.
For several decades, Edmonton was the hub of the meat-processing industry in Western Canada.…

In Search of the Unseen Details

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In Search of the Unseen Details

Not many people today can claim to have nearly drowned in Rat Creek, and it will likely be a long time before the opportunity presents itself again.
It was a cool day, early in winter, the leaves were gone and the ice covering the creek was deceptive, not yet thick enough to support even the…

Myhre’s Music

Myhre’s Music

Myhre’s Music began on April 1st, 1967 as ‘House of Banjo’, a small business located on 95th street and 102nd avenue. In 1969, House of Banjo moved to the Woodcroft area just north of the Westmount Shopping Center. After two more moves it found itself at its present location of 8735-118 Avenue.
It began when…

Oral History Unveiled

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It seems fitting for the first post of this blog to be a call to action for others to become oral historians. This is because this project has, since the beginning, being one of and for the community. Everyone involved came with an offering of some skills or talents, but in truth it was a…

“They came out by coming together” A history of the businesses along 118th Avenue

Written by: Jon Weller…
In the collective memory, Alberta Avenue is a place with a golden past, one where community was strong, businesses thrived and children were free to run. That changed though, the families left, the pawnbrokers moved in and things went wrong. Today, a place like the Cromdale stands as a testament to

Parkdale Coal Mine

Between 1881 and 1970 more than 100 mines operated along the Edmonton River Valley
The Parkdale Coal Mine operated from 1906 to 1909.
It was Mine no. 0109 on River Lot no. 24 in the Edmonton Settlement.
The underground mine produced 40 tons per day of subbituminous coal.
On Saturday, January 3, 1907 there was…

The Night and the Music: Skating Rinks

By Alex Mair
Alberta Avenue plays a special role in the memories of anyone who grew up in the neighbourhood. The memories are rich, because on winter nights, the air was filled with the sound of music.
Hard as it may be to believe in 1995, there was a period in the life of the…