By Mark Kozub
Before changing into the oil capital of the kingdom, Calgary used to be a nineteenth-century boomtown within the center of Alberta. The roots of serious prosperity have been starting to be, even though politicians and most of the people believed the West was once most sensible left to the trapper and trader.
Nurtured by means of a feeling of imaginative and prescient and the sweat of fine out of date exertions, Calgary grew, and has now blossomed right into a world-class cosmopolitan urban famous for its burgeoning oil and gasoline undefined, its famed Calgary Zoo, and naturally, the Stampede. A Calgary Album is a sentimental trip right into a livestock city that became a lot more. via sixty-five excellent black and white photos and fascinating storytelling, the authors take the reader again to the time of the "real" cowboys, to the times while the streetcar appeared like technology fiction, throughout the melancholy, the good wars, the days of increase, bust, and restoration. We revisit the movers, the shakers, and the honourable daily those who became this "cow city" right into a urban worthy bragging approximately.
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Eaton corporation shop, situated on eighth road South West among third and 4th Streets. In 1929 and 1930, the shop was once adorned for the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Glenbow information, Calgary, Canada NA-3992-54 Photographer: Oliver, W. J. , Calgary, Alberta The melancholy AS 1931 got here TO a detailed, CPR’s Ogden fix store — as soon as a tremendous company within the urban — closed its doorways, leaving 2,000 Calgarians trying to find paintings. whereas Turner Valley endured to create employment and farmers fared good throughout the melancholy, town supplied foodstuff and guard for as many as 2,600 unmarried males and 3,200 households. so as to add to the traumas of unemployment, December of 1932 introduced chilling winds, drifting snow, and ice that jointly threatened to reason critical harm to key water mains and tool strains hidden less than the Centre road Bridge. in this unhappy, frozen Christmas, ads for scrumptious conventional festive meals not seemed. they'd been changed via these of shops desperately attempting to promote 3 cans of soup for a complete of twenty-five cents. The United Married Men’s organization takes their message to the streets (2nd highway East, to be exact). Glenbow information, Calgary, Canada NA-2800-12 Photographer: Tigerstedt, A. F. Calgary, Alberta The Zoo that Goodwill Built . . . there's not anything bizarre a few urban bringing its electorate jointly throughout the construction and maintenance of a zoo. What was once strange concerning the Calgary Zoo used to be how even throughout the nice melancholy, deepest electorate ensured that the animals have been fed and the landmark appeal persisted to extend. It used to be Dr. O. H. Patrick who estimated Calgary’s international category zoo and shaped the Zoological Society in 1928. A labourer named Tom Baines, although, was once the one that saved that imaginative and prescient alive throughout the melancholy. till 1938, Baines played the entire beneficial day-by-day tasks, from taking care of the animals to protecting the grounds fresh, nearly fullyyt by means of himself. with no the charitable donations from neighborhood businesspeople, the zoo Baines loved lots may perhaps by no means have lasted in the course of the melancholy. Baines’ pal Lars Willumsen supplied the zoo with upgraded amenities. businesses resembling Trotter and Morton, Crown Lumber, Beaver and Revelstoke donated loose plumbing companies and lumber. The finances Baines had for feeding the animals used to be, to assert the least, slender — an insignificant greenback an afternoon. fortunately, Pat Burns and corporate donated a hundred kilos of meat every one week whereas Safeways Ltd. provided produce. Tom Baines together with his fine-feathered buddy (an eagle), 1930. Glenbow records, Calgary, Canada NA-1538-4 Photographer unknown A lion and lioness on the Calgary Zoo, 1933. They have been the 1st lions on the planet to be housed with out heat . . . and through a Calgary wintry weather, too! Glenbow records, Calgary, Canada NA-1538-7 Photographer unknown The Country’s largest Birthday Cake THE seventy fifth BIRTHDAY OF MILLIONAIRE MEAT packer Patrick Burns (July 6, 1931) fell at the starting day of the Calgary Stampede. He was once so good enjoyed for his philanthropy that the complete Stampede week was once named in his honour.