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Wetaskiwin in Wetaskiwin County, Alberta — Canada’s Prairie Region (North America)
 

Railway Station

Historic Downtown Wetaskiwin

 
 
Railway Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2022
1. Railway Station Marker
Inscription.  
In 1891 the Calgary and Edmonton railway line was completed and Siding 16 was created. Later, because of a suggestion by Father Lacombe, it was named Wetaskiwin, which in Cree means "the place where peace was made."

The trains that travelled between Calgary and Edmonton at this time were mixed trains in which passenger and freight cars were joined together. They went about 25 miles per hour and often stopped along the way to load and unload freight. These stops varied in length from a few minutes to an hour or more, creating problems for passengers who wanted to know their exact departure and arrival times.

The Canadian Pacific Railway became the official owners of the Calgary and Edmonton Line in 1903. The CPR immediately improved service by discontinuing mixed trains and establishing a daily train service just for passengers. Wetaskiwin quickly became a flourishing railway centre so in 1908, the CPR built a new, more spacious building. By 1912, there were ten daily trains, and in 1913, an extension was built. Two more stalls were added to the roadhouse and a double track was laid in the local yards. The cost of the station
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and extension was approximately $14,554.

The railway is still in use as a freight line, but the Canadian Pacific Railway discontinued its passenger service in 1985, due to declining demand, and the railway station was closed. The large picture shows the train station that was built in 1908, the same building that is now standing. The smaller picture is the original Siding 16.
 
Erected by Downtown in Motion • City of Wetaskiwin • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable BuildingsRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
 
Location. 52° 58.223′ N, 113° 22.403′ W. Marker is in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, in Wetaskiwin County. Marker is at the intersection of 50 Street and 51 Avenue, on the right when traveling north on 50 Street. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, on the right side of the west center entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5021 50 Street, Wetaskiwin AB T9A 1K1, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wetaskiwin Post Office (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Wetaskiwin Court House/La Palais de Justice de Wetaskiwin
Marker detail: Wetaskiwin Railway Station (built 1908) image. Click for full size.
Courtesy City of Wetaskiwin Archives
2. Marker detail: Wetaskiwin Railway Station (built 1908)
(approx. half a kilometer away); Wetaskiwin Water Tower (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); Calgary and Edmonton Railway (approx. 15.3 kilometers away); Maskipeton (approx. 16.5 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  Canadian Pacific Railway Stations built in Central Alberta.
The Calgary & Edmonton Railway was constructed from Calgary to Red Deer in the fall of 1890 and continued on to Edmonton the following spring. Stations were primarily boxcars until, in 1891, the railway built a cookie-cutter combination station and freight house approximately every twenty miles along the route. Each was constructed in about three weeks. By 1914, the stations at Red Deer, Lacombe, Wetaskiwin and Strathcona were replaced by larger stations and the original stations were relocated and converted to freight sheds that were in use until the 1950s.
(Submitted on September 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Railway Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2022
3. Railway Station Marker
(marker is mounted on right side of west center entrance)
Wetaskiwin Railway Station today (<i>southwest elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2022
4. Wetaskiwin Railway Station today (southwest elevation)
The building now houses various retail enterprises and offices.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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