Norwood School – Edmonton 1910

Norwood school Edmonton 1910
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“On this site, on February 15, 1909, the present Norwood School was officially opened to replace the two frame structures which had been the Norwood School since 1906.

Originally, this red brick Renaissance-style structure had ten classrooms for its four hundred students.  The architect, R.W. Lines, is recognized as having been one of the foremost members of his profession.  His skill resulted in a building that is not only functional and durable, but attractive as well.

The dedicated teachers of Norwood School continue to maintain a tradition of implementing innovative courses for the many special programs at the school.”

-Edmonton Historical Board

 

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Low Level Bridge – cca.1900

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The REAL Klondike Days – Jasper Ave 1898

Klondike, jasper ave and 101 street 1898


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From the book, Klondike Trek: Jim Hinkle’s Life in the Gold Rush of 1898

Athabasca Landing May 21, 1898:

Dear Mollie and the Kids,

We are one hundred miles northwest of Edmonton camped on the banks of the Athabasca River. This river is about as large as the Ohio. I will now tell you all about the trip from Edmonton and the country around this place, if I can keep the darned mosquitoes away. There are forty million in my tent right now and nothing will keep them away but the wind. I put Peneroyle all over me and they eat that off and then go for the hide. Hardesty is cussing them all the time.

We left Tuesday at 3:00 P.M. by wagon and arrived at the Landing Saturday at 11:00 A.M. and the crookedest, and up and downest, roughest, stoniest, longest, miserablest, doggondest, windiest, blamedest, tiresomest, dustyest trip that ever tripest. Oh it beats the devil! Dash had his toe mashed the first day by the wagon running over it.

This is beautiful scenery. We are right under a high bluff and right close to the water. There are two stores, two sawmills, two boat yards, two restaurants and one church that is made out of logs and is as large as our barn. Also there are five dwelling houses, all made out of logs and covered with sod. There are lots of bear here, there were three killed yesterday and brought into the Landing. There are plenty of fish and they are easy to catch.

This is a lonesome day because there is nothing to do except sit around and look at the hills and river. We will buy a boat tomorrow or get one made and as soon as we get a boat we go up the river seventy miles to Lesser Slave lake. I don’t expect I will hear form you more than a couple of times in a year but you will hear from me often….

Photo from  Alberta Folklore and Local History Collection

Union Bus Depot – Edmonton 1940

Edmonton Union Bus Depot 1940


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Do you know the history behind the Union Bus Depot? Share your stories in the comments below.

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Edmonton Post Office and McLeod Building – 1930s

Edmonton Post Office 1930's
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View along a commercial street in Edmonton, Alberta. The post office and the McLeod Building are prominent. Vehicles are parked along both sides of the street.

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Strathcona 1907 – Main Street

Strathcona 1907 - Main Street

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View of the storefronts along Main Street in Strathcona, Alberta with a horse and carriage in the foreground.

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The Commodore Restaurant

The Commodore has been a family run Edmonton business since it first opened in 1942. In 1969, the restaurant suffered a devastating fire but was rebuilt and reopened in 1971 as the diner that we know and love today.

The devastating fire at the Commodore Cafe on Jasper Avenue in 1971

The devastating fire at the Commodore Cafe on Jasper Avenue in 1971


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Thank you to Dave Gee, the owner of the Commodore for providing the photograph. Also, use the arrows to navigate inside to see exactly how it looks today!