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The History of Canmore
Canmore, with its
desirable surroundings, fantastic recreational opportunities, and
convenient location between Calgary and Banff, is a modern boomtown. But
it also has a long and accessible past, which is explored in this new
title, the only book in print on Canmore’s colourful history.
by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883, Canmore has a history of
reinventing itself. The town began as a railway divisional point, but when
the Canadian Pacific Railway closed its facilities in 1898, the fledgling
settlement would have slid into oblivion had it not been for coal mining.
Eventually, mining, too would come to an end, leaving the town to reinvent
itself as a mountain resort town.
Interesting writing by a longtime local, a reader-friendly layout, and the
liberal use of historic and contemporary images make the The History of
Canmore an appealing read for everyone. The book includes sidebars, a
timeline, recommended reading, and a thorough index.
Rob Alexander grew up in
Canmore, steeped in the history of the Canadian West and the sights and
sounds of a coal mining town. With an affinity for ruins and abandoned
sites, he gravitated towards story and sense-of-place, leading him to
study writing and photography. He is a reporter for the Rocky Mountain
Outlook newspaper, a freelance writer and co-author of Exshaw:
Heart of the Valley and The Exshaw Cement Plant: Foundations for
the Future. He and his wife, Cathy, were married in the historic
Canmore Miners’ Union Hall in 2008 and their daughter, Alaina, was born in
Canmore in 2009.
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