Heart of the Wheat Land
Today Gleichen is a small hamlet located just adjacent to the Siksika First Nation Reserve in Alberta. Gleichen grew into a town in the late 1800s and early 1900s as hundreds of ranchers and farmers disembarked from trains in Gleichen and settled on the surounding lands. However, in the 1920s and 1930s economic changes and a series of devastating fires caused many of Gleichen's residents to move away. Today Gleichen is much smaller than it once was, but is working hard to preserve its history.
This project is only possible with the generous sponsorship and support of the Western District Historical Society. We also owe thanks to the Hamlet of Gleichen, the Strathmore Travelodge, and members of the Western District Historical Society.
We acknowledge that Gleichen is on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, Tsuut’ina, and Nakota Sioux.
Then and Now Photos
The Railway Station
Looking up 4th Ave.
Paying their Respects
Cars on Main St.