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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 13, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT OF VOLUME IX. LKTHBRIDGE, ALBERTA SATURDAY, MAY Hi, NUMBER 180 A STORY OF THE GROWTH OF CITY; FOUNDATION _ AMODERN CITY IN HEART OF A RICH WHEAT_ COUNTRY Clean, Brisk City with Enterprising People Who Believe in Extending the Farmers a Helping Hand A A VIEW OF (iALT GARDENS AND PUBLIC. SQUARE CASUAL VISITOR from thu United States, a prominent man of affairs who had Bteppeu from his private car, to en- joy the tew hours that were given him to spend In the city of Leth- bridge, white passing on his way to the Pacific coast, remarked to those who entertained him, that "this city appears to me to be the very ess- ence of solidity and sound develop- ment, while it preserves withal a fitting sense of the the last occasioned by the mag- the north have also been projected j by the Canadian Northern and the' Grand Trunk Pacific: The city is well situated for ship- ments both east and west, and a tre- j r mendous amount of grain and other j produce finds its way through the railway terminals here each year. .With both agriculture and coal min- j lug as basic industries, the city has had a steady substantial growth. The city government, consists OL_ three commissioners, elected by the people. The city owns and controls its public last prase o T.._ uiflcent Gait Gardens and public park j utilities, the street car system, the In the centre of which ho stood, and at the moment appearing In all the glory of their summer attire. That Is naturally the first Im- pression that the visitor obtains of the city of Lethbridge, as he steps from the railway a beautiful public park in the heart of the city, flanked on every hand by substantial buslneus blocks, cement walks and paved clean little, brisk little, handsome little city that been oul'.t UP along "-r.e" at common BOTSO development, and with an to the beauty of things. Lethbridge, AJborta, situated as it is in the heart of the great agricultur- al area known as Southern holds position In one of the most fertile portions of the Canadian west..Its growth, from a small trading post "to a healthy city, has been based, upon two great in- dustries, chiefly of course the agri- cultural Industry, and then the coal industry. From the city radiate of rail- way, that bring to ft annually mil- lions of bushels of grain grown in the districts around, railway lines that carry from it thousands of tons of good domestic coal every fall and winter to warm many hundreds of prairie homes far to the east and couth and north. Lethbridge today has a population electric lighting system, the water- works plant, and also owns its own coal mine. The city also owns an in- dustrial building, suitable for the establishment of small industries, which Is fully equipped with electric power facilities. In addition to operating Us public utilities, the city owns throe parks. The famous Gait Gardens in the centre of the city includes ten acres. Henderson Park and lake, and agri- cultural grounds, include 296 acres, and the. agricultural grounds contain the .jaost 'niodern Agricultural build- ings. There Is also Adams Park in- cluding S acres. TlieTkreat centred in the city is of course, that of coal mining. There are other Industries on a smal- ler scale that have done well; These include a macaroni factory, a candy factory, a tannery, an iron foundry, two .large flour mills, and others. The city administration has carried out comprehensive plans of civic im- provement. The majority of streets are paved or'boulevarded, and other modern improvements have made. The business blocks and stores are of the most modern type. The mer- chants and business men are ener- getjc and take a hearty interest in the welfare not only, of the city but Enterprise Built Up an Enor- mous Trade in Domestic Coal for Which Lethbridge is Noted Lethbridse, la addition to being lu the heart of a great agricultural country, is very fortunately situated as a mining centre. The coal industry _o centered here, has grown tremend- ously in the past few years, and the mines in this district are practically the source of supply for many of the prairie points as far east as Winni- peg. The coal mined here is a very hard lignite, excellent as a domestic coal, burning to a white ash. In the immediate vicinity ol Leth- is, within a radius of five six large coal mines and several small ones. The most Im- portant of these are tiie famous Bait mines. They were the first to be es- tablished in the Canadian Northwest, ONE VIEW OF THE FAMOUS GALT GARDENS ueuiuriuKe luimj of something over Scarcely I of the farming communities surround- 1en years old as-a city, it possesses ing, which fact is greatly responsible today modern improvements that for the splendid inter-relations be- would do credit to a much larger city, tween city and country. Distributing Centre. Lethbridge is the distributing, cen- tre ol a large area. One of .the largest wholesale houses is that of the.Inter- national Harvester Co. which has its distributine; house for all of, Southern- Alberta located here. Other big im- plement distributing houses are locat- ed here, as well as several big whole- sale grocery houses, and wholesale houses of other natures. The whole- bale area controlled .from the city ex- tends to a radius of from 75 to. 100 miles from the city. In the wholesale houses there are sever, or eight large lumber yards with "iCadquarters here. The city has eight banks, several The city itself is located within TO miles of the American border, on the Crow's Nest branch of the Canadian Railway; and commanding, In railway mileage actually control- led from the city, of .590 miles. The actual area controlled as K distributing centre; somewhat less, is covered in a radius of 75 miles in each direction from the city. The city Is a divisional point on the Canadian Pacific, and from the city radiate lines ot that company east, west, two separate'-lines, south-cant and south-west The C. P. R. is the only company operat- ing in the .city at the present time, biit branches from the east and from and have recently passed into tUs hands way Co. until the company's No. 6 shaft Is one of the largest and best equipped the Canadian Pacific Rull- The business has growja been taken up in tho immediate vicinity of Lethbridge. Thirty miles east of Lethbridge, at Tabar, there are four big mines that of. the Canada West Coal Co., with an output of 1600 tons a day beiny the largest. Other Taber mines -with a production varying from 25 to WO tons a day are the Alberta Consol- idated Coal Co, the Rock Springs The total number of, men generally employed In the mines of the Leth- bridge district is nearly 1600 a monthly pay roll of something like At Taber, near Lethbridge, several hundred more are employed. The season of 1915-16 was particu- larly busy, and an enormous quantity of coal turned out. A great deal moVe could have been supplied had the de- velopment work been done. The mar- ket for Lethbridge coal extends ai lar east as Winnipeg, 800 miles. The runs in the Lethbridge mines during ONE OF THE COAL MINES IN THE LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT largo hotels, a handsome four story post office of s'olid stone, in which is also located the Dominion Land? Office and Customs Offices, two splendidly equipped public clubs, a handsome Y. M. C. A., a large number of fraternal societies and 13 churches. along modern and humanitarian lines, jsideratlons sometimes thought to be is located here. of more immediate importance. It is hoped in the near future that one the agricultural schools which the provincial government is estab- lishing throughout the province, will also be located in or near Lethbridge. Industrial Inducements Industries with their pay rolls are Lethbridge will also, be linked up with the Canadian Northern and the Grand Trunk Pacific lines, and within a comparatively short time will be one of the important railway centres of the west. -The manufacturer look- ing tor a site need have no hesitation The Schools. industries wnu nmn LcthbridBo is particularly proud of sala'jj be ,he toalldation ot a city's in selecting Lethbridge so far as rail- its schools. There are eight of these! no douM this is large-1 way facilities are concerned. and they are constructed in accord true, although the importance jy true, aiLuuusu me ence with the modern policy wealHjy ,armlng community sur- the length and breadth of Alberta, in building handsome and commodious places of .education. The schools here include a.nianual training school as well as a high school. In December. !91o, the total enrolment at the city schools was Government institutions. Lelbbridge is the centre of several government institutions, the chief of which is probably the Dominion gov- ernment experimental station, on the outskirts of the city where extensive experiments are carried on in farm- ing operations. The Provincial Jail, a most modern institution A LETHBRIDGE STREET SCENE rounding, should.not be under-rated. The building up of an industrial cen- tre to the creation of a home market .for the farmer, and the com- bination of industrial and agricultural wealth makes for the prosperous city and district Lethbridge offers induce- ments to not excelled by any city in the of a tangibie character, based on the wealth of the district with immense natural-advantages; strategical posi- tion from the standpoint of jand the possibilities of a district mar-1 ket which would consume a generous' conducted proportion of the output of any fac- tory. 1 From the standpoint of situation Lethbridge occupies the advantage of being on the line of railway traversing the mountains with the lowest grades, guaranteeing rapid and safe-transport to western ports. All men who have made a study of the shipping problem are agreed that the bulk of the grain and grain pro- ducts of Alberta will be shipped from western ports as soon as the Panama Canal Is opened. With that vision to stimulate the men In charge of trans- portation facilities big plans are being formulated for the erection at the Pacific. coast ports of .immense ele- vators and warehouses to handle the tremendous traffic c! the -future from this favored province. In view of these facts, reaching the coast by the easiest and most rapid route becomes a bis Issue, and in the Crow's Nest Pass line of the.Canadian Pacific rail- way lies the easiest gate through the Rocky Mountains. The strategic po- sition ot'Lethbridge on this lln'e calls for the most serious consideration of Thero is every .advantage here which the flour industry naturally looks for and to those looking for milling sites .Lethbridge should ap- peal with, special force. This phase of the problem also pre- jents reasons why such industries as manufacturers of confections, biscuits and similar products should locate here. The population ;of the west Is increasing at1 an enormous rate. There is a rich market beckoning to (CoKTlNTJEP ox PACK 0) on, the American cfnUnent. It has a capacity of tons day. No. 6 shaft is located about two miles north of No. 3 shaft: of .the same company, aud its surface plant resents an Investment of between a half and three-quarters .of a million dollars. The Chinook Coal Co., Ltd., has a capacity of nearly 1000 tons. Back towards the city ot Kthbrtdge is the big plant ot the Lethbridje Collier- ies, Ltd., a plant modern in every. way and having a capacity ot tons per eight-hour day. On the banks of the river immediately opposite the City of Lethbridge power house is a small mine, the Grace mine. The production of this mine, is about 400 tons of coal a day, the most of which is consumed locally. There are a num- ber of other properties which have Bootless Coal Co., Eureka Coal Cb.; the Superior Coal Co., the Mon- arch Collieries, the Golden Want Coal Co. and the White Collieries. the past winter averaged frow. 8000 to 4000 tons per day, with a jay roll of over a month.1 coal mines in the Crow's Nest Pass, and in the adjacent towns for which Leth- bridge is the dlstrlbutim centre, -werei also very busy. ''_The mine, operators, hope tbte rner to develop a large summer trade, with those dealers on the prairies lyho .will stock up largely tor next winter's use. With this mifflBior trade obtained, a steady run throughout both, summer and winter, is assured; PARK AREAS .Lethbridge has a total of 320 in parks and public squares. A LETHBRIDGE STREET SCENE Lethbridge is conceded to be the garden spot of (he prairies. manufacturers looking for sites, and pel haps it many other con- ;