Pioneer Cairn - Lacombe, AB
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 52° 27.795 W 113° 43.389
12U E 315008 N 5816051
Quick Description: Along the north side of Highway 12 on the eastern edge of the City of Lacombe is a cairn marking the site of the district's first school.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 8/23/2018 2:42:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ123
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoKs
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Long Description:
As well as denoting the site of the first school to be built in the Lacombe area, the cairn, erected in 1945, honours the memory of the early pioneers of Lacombe and District, who erected the first school on the site in 1893. The school and all traces of it are long gone, the site now the scene of a car dealership. Photos of the school at the Lacombe Municipal Heritage Survey show the school to have been a small one room schoolhouse built of logs, with a gable roof and a small porch, or cloakroom, at the entrance.

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The cairn itself is a broad, squat obelisk fashioned of split field stones, mortared in place. On the street facing side is a grey granite plaque bearing a carving of the original school and the following text:

THIS CAIRN ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF THE TOWN OF LACOMBE TO HONOUR THE MEMORY OF THE EARLY PIONEERS OF LACOMBE AND DISTRICT, WHO IN 1893 BUILT THEIR FIRST SCHOOL ON THIS SITE

PIONEER CAIRN

50 AVENUE
1945
Historic Site #49653

The Pioneer Cairn was erected on 50 Avenue by the citizens of Lacombe in 1945 to “honour the memory of the early pioneers of Lacombe and District who in 1893 built their first school on this site”. The first school was a one room schoolhouse built to educate the children of the Lacombe community and the surrounding areas.
From the Lacombe Municipal Heritage Survey


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Type of Marker: Cultural

Sign Age: Historic Site or Building Marker

Parking: Parking is available just off the street behind the cairn

Placement agency: Town of Lacombe

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