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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta i nomuuE ncnnm may Coulee fortress An eerily empty Fort Whoop-Up sits in Indian Battle in what must be a far cry from the hum of activity in the original fort when it was the hub of the illegal whisky trade in what is now Southern Alberta. The Whoop-Up based on the American was used by the traders who brought low-grade whisky into Canadian territory to sell to the Blackfoot Indians. Richard Whoop-Up Country says the bell may have been a warning bell in case of Indian or it may have been a dinner bell since it sits over the but he discounts the latter theory. The activities of the American whisky traders in Canada's unorganized western and the fear that the West might fall to the United States by led the federal government to found the Northwest Mounted Police in 1873. A year after a long trek west from the Mounties arrived on the scene. They found the bootleggers had fled before their and the fort was taken without a shot. The original at the confluence of the Oldman and St. Mary Rivers a few miles southwest of is now a national historic park. The fort in the commemorating the arrival of the will be open to the public June 1. BILL GROENEN photos ;