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Municipal Flag - Olds, Alberta
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member wildwoodke
N 51° 47.715 W 114° 05.582
11U E 700453 N 5742263
Quick Description: As you enter town from the east on Highway 27 you the town hall and tourist information office is located on the north side of the highway. When they are open its a great place to discover more about Olds, Alberta.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 1/24/2012 9:40:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMDKAH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
Views: 1

Long Description:
A modern building at the east end of town greets visitors to the town of Olds, Alberta. Its location is ideal for easy access to Highway 2, the Queen Elizabeth Highway that is moments away from the community.

The early history of the town is described in their website as:
"The year 1890 marks the beginning of the settlement which became the town of Olds. When the rail line reached the sixth siding (Olds) out of Calgary, a section foreman named David Shannon arrived on an open handcar. Mr. Shannon, a native of Ireland, was experienced at railway construction, as he had worked on the building of the Underground in London, England. At the Sixth Siding, Mr. Shannon provided living quarters for his family and established squatter's rights to a quarter section of land. This gained them the distinction of being the earliest residents of Olds.

On 27 July 1891, the first through train made the trip from Calgary to south Edmonton. That same month the CPR took over the operation of the C & E Railway and released its officialist of names for the sidings and stations along the route. Sixth Siding had already been designated as a railway station point and work started on the building of the station and water tank.

A committee of CPR officials, charged with selecting names for the points along the line, suggested "Shannon", but this honour was declined by Mr. Shannon and the town site was named for a CPR traffic manager, Mr. George Olds. He was born in Gloucestershire, England in 1832. He came to Canada as a young man and worked for a number of railways in Canada and the United States, returning to Canada in 1886 to join Canadian Pacific as a General Traffic Manager. He held this position until his retirement 10 years later. Mr. Olds is buried in the Airdrie cemetery. It appears that even before he retired from employment with the CPR, he lived for a time in the settlement that
was named for him, running a store."

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