Coleman Mercantile Store - Coleman, AB
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 38.031 W 114° 30.170
11U E 680311 N 5500916
Quick Description: The first major retail outlet in Coleman, the Mercantile Store was something akin to a turn of the century "Real Crowsnest Superstore", selling everything from groceries to clothes, furniture & appliances - even cattle feed.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 8/9/2015 4:10:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMPCKT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoKs
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Long Description:
Look at the older B&W photo and you'll notice a gorgeous octagonal tower and cupola complete with gracefully curved steeple on the corner of the building. The cupola and steeple, sadly, were removed in 1948.

Coleman Mercantile Store

Coleman's first major commercial building was erected by contractor Edmund Disney in 1904. Coleman Mercantile Company Ltd sold all manner of goods, including clothes, groceries, furniture and appliances, and even cattle feed until it closed in 1913. Next came W. L. Ouimette, and then Ed Ledieu whose Big Corner Store was forced to close in 1939 due to the common but risky practice of extending credit during the Great Depression. In 1944 the Montalbetti family opened Modern Electric, an electrical, appliance and hardware business. The corner cupola was removed in 1948.
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Type of Marker: Cultural

Sign Age: Historic Site or Building Marker

Parking: Park right in front.

Placement agency: Crowsnest Heritage

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