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Blackfalds

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Europeans began settling the centrally located area near Blackfalds in the late 1890s, and by the early 1900s, the population increased, due to the thriving townsite along the railway line and the fertile lands which became a progressive farming district. Now, this vibrant and youthful community is well known for its outstanding sporting and leisure opportunities, trails and parks, and family friendly events. While in the community, we hope you’ll join in our local enthusiasm for play and also learn about the thriving businesses and dedicated residents that have brought about the growth of Blackfalds.

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Then and Now Photos

North on Broadway North on Broadway
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North on Broadway - 1907

Broadway Avenue, looking north from the Park Street intersection, in 1906.

East Side of Broadway East Side of Broadway
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East Side of Broadway - 1907

The east side of Broadway Avenue in about 1907, starting at Indiana Street and going down to just past Wilson Street, showing four general stores in a row, then the hotel, livery stable, lumber store and then the public hall.

Percy Gregson Home Percy Gregson Home
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Percy Gregson Home - ca. 1907

This house was built in 1903 by Percy Gregson, brother to Arthur and Leopold Gregson, part of the earliest family that came to this area in the 1890s. Percy was a solicitor, church warden, Justice of the Peace, village secretary, and secretary for the school board and several companies in the village, as well as starting the first newspaper in town. This house was also the first Natural History Museum west of Ontario, until 1907, when Percy went back to England.

Blackfalds Creamery Blackfalds Creamery
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Blackfalds Creamery - ca. 1909

The Blackfalds Creamery was started in 1903 and operated the company as "The Blackfalds Butter and Cheese Manufacture Association, Limited" of which they sold shares in. By 1914 the creamery sold at auction and was purchased by A. D. Gregson. In 1917 the creamery was purchased by the Edmonton City Dairy Ltd.

Imperial Hotel Imperial Hotel
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Imperial Hotel - ca. 1910

Blackfalds’ first hotel was built on Broadway Avenue in 1902 by William Spurrell. It became the Imperial Hotel, changing hands and names over the years, until 1958, when the newest addition on the east side was moved to be part of the hotel along Hwy. 2A. This hotel was torn down in 1978.

Stephenson's Livery Stable Stephenson's Livery Stable
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Stephenson's Livery Stable - ca. 1910

Frank Stephenson’s livery stable was built in 1903, just north of the Imperial Hotel on Broadway Avenue, which was also the C & E Trail, that saw a lot of early wagon traffic.

Heading to the Bull Sale Heading to the Bull Sale
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Heading to the Bull Sale - ca. 1915

Edwin Plumb and his Shorthorn bull, at the Railway Station, heading to the Calgary Bull Sale, circa 1915.

Atlas Lumber Atlas Lumber
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Atlas Lumber - ca. 1918

Atlas Lumber had a small office and a storage yard for their business. This building became the post office in the 1920s, until about 1959, when It became the Blackfalds Variety Store from 1963 to 1973, then changed hands to the Stol sisters who ran it for a few years before the building was torn down.

Old Public Hall Old Public Hall
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Old Public Hall - ca. 1918

Blackfalds’ first public hall was built in 1906 by George L. Gregson, who rented it out over the years, before selling it to the Ladies Aid Society in 1936. The hall was run by a Community Hall Board and was heavily used for many community functions. It burned down in December of 1946. A new hall was built south of this location late in 1947, which was eventually torn down in the mid 1980s. The existing hall on Womacks Road was built in 1985.

Matthias Home Matthias Home
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Matthias Home - ca. 1920

Ephraim E. Mathias lived in this home starting in about 1910 with his family. It was not in the village of Blackfalds then, it was on his farm land where he was the first farmer in the area to grow No. 1 Marquis wheat. Mathiases lived here until 1959, when the farm was sold. The home burned down in 1963 and another was built. This location became a tree nursery and greenhouse before the town purchased it in 2008 for the site of the Abbey Centre.

Barron Garage Barron Garage
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Barron Garage - ca. 1920s

Built in the late 1920, William Barron ran this garage until 1938 when Jack Martin took it over for his Oliver machinery dealership. It is now part of the Mainstreet hardware building.

Blackfalds Station Blackfalds Station
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Blackfalds Station - ca. 1920s

The Station agents and their family lived on the upper floor of the building.

Railway Station Railway Station
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Railway Station - ca. 1920s

The Blackfalds Railway Station was built in 1904, along the CPR tracks. It was demolished in 1968.

J.A. Martin Store J.A. Martin Store
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J.A. Martin Store - ca. 1920s

The oldest standing building in Blackfalds, built by John McKay in 1901 as the Pioneer Store. It changed hands several times until 1918, when John A. Martin took over the store, and he ran it until 1941, when Mrs. Martin took ill. Several people ran this store over the years, until 1989, when it was purchased by the Blackfalds Cornerstone Fellowship Church. In 2007 it was purchased by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and it became the After The Grind coffee shop.

Bedford Boarding House Bedford Boarding House
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Bedford Boarding House - ca. 1927

This 2 storey building was built in 1904 by Henry Sleeman, to be a boarding house for the early immigrants to the area.

Cutting Lumber Cutting Lumber
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Cutting Lumber - ca. 1930s

Fred Bills cutting firewood and lumber, while clearing the land directly east of Blackfalds in the 1930s. This land was farmland until development started in the 1990s.

Blackfalds Church Blackfalds Church
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Blackfalds Church - ca. 1940s

Built in 1902 as a Presbyterian Church, the land and most of the funds and labor to build this wooden structure were donated by the pioneers of the district.

The Wadey Home The Wadey Home
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The Wadey Home - ca. 1940s

The Wadey house is now called the Wadey Centre, home of the Blackfalds & Area Historical Society and the town’s Visitor Information Centre. The house was moved in November of 2016 to this location, from its original location on the Wadey farm that was 3 blocks east. The house was built in 1916 by George Wadey. It was an Eaton’s package home, ordered from a catalogue, and the Wadey family lived in it from 1916 until about 1982.

The Tayles Home The Tayles Home
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The Tayles Home - ca. 1950s

Frank and Florence Tayles and their home built about 1947, along what is now Waghorn Street. Frank planted many trees on his property, and after their passing, their family donated the land to the town for the site of Blackfalds Civic & Cultural building.

Al Green's Gas Al Green's Gas
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Al Green's Gas - ca. 1960s

Al Green’s B/A Service Station on the corner, in the 1960s, now the Centex station.

Blackfalds Motor Inn Blackfalds Motor Inn
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Blackfalds Motor Inn - ca. 1960s

This hotel was started in 1958 by Mr. Kline, who moved the newest part of the old hotel on Broadway Avenue down to this location along Hwy. 2A, now called the Haven Hotel. It consisted of a coffee shop, beverage room and hotel rooms. In 1961 it was purchased by Ron Harroison, and over the years it has changed hands, and was built onto to the south, to a larger bar and liquor store, as the Blackfalds Motor Inn.

The Grain Elevators The Grain Elevators
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The Grain Elevators - ca. 1970s

The two grain elevators that used to exist along the railway tracks were built in 1922 and 1927. One elevator burned to the ground in 1973 and the other one was torn down in 1978.


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