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Near Waterton, Alberta — The Canadian Prairies
 

Dream Town

Ville de Rêve

 
 
Dream Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 18, 2010
1. Dream Town Marker
Inscription.

ENGLISH INSCRIPTION

Western Canada’s first producing oil was drilled in this valley at the turn of the 20th century. This success spurred further activity in this area, attracting more drilling and workers. A.P. Patrick, an investor in the first well and a Dominion Land Surveyor, decided to create a community to support them.

You are standing in the area he surveyed, then registered in 1908 as Oil City. His ambitious plan showed a main street and 450 fifty-foot lots organised into 16 blocks. Only a few lots were sold, and a few cabins built. A post office opened in June 1905, with 41 people receiving mail there, then shut down in 1908. Buildings decayed, and Patrick’s town was never much more than a dream and a plan.

Follow the path and you can see the only remaining visible evidence of the town – a foundation laid for a ten-room hotel that was never completed.

(Upper Photo Caption)
Ernest Drader, shown here in the arms of his father John and with his mother Agatha (seated), was born on December 26, 1905. He was the only child born in Oil City. John was one of the first drillers working in the area.


FRENCH INSCRIPTION

Lepremier puits producteur de pétrole dans l′Ouest canadien fut foré dans cette vallée au début du
The Drader Family image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 18, 2010
2. The Drader Family
Close-up of image on marker
20e siècle. Cette réussite engendra d′autres activitieés de forage et attira d′autres travailleurs. A.P. Patrick, investisseur dans le premier puits et arpenteur des terres fédérales, décida d′établir une communauté.

C′est ici qu′il arpenta les lieux et fonda Oil City en 1908. Son plan ambitieux prévoyait une rue principale et 450 terrains de 50 pieds distribués en 16 îlots. On ne vendit que quelques terrains et on ne construisit que quelques cabanes. Un bureau de post ouvrit ses portes en juin 1905. Il desservait 41 personnes et ferma en 1908. Les bâtiments se dégradèrent et la ville de Patrick ne fut jamais plus qu′un rêve et qu′un plan.

Suivez l′allée pour voir les seuls vestiges de la ville : les foundations d′un hôtel de dix chambres qui ne fut jamais terminé.

(Photo Supérieure Légende)
Ernest Drader, ici dans les bras de son père John et avec sa mère Agatha (assise), est né le 26 décembre 1905. Il fut le seul enfant né à Oil City. John était l′un des premiers foreurs dans la région.
 
Location. 49° 3.906′ N, 114° 0.041′ W. Marker is near Waterton, Alberta. Marker is on Akamina Parkway 8 kilometers west of Alberta Highway 5, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is
Oil City as Viewed from Ruby Ridge, 1914 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 18, 2010
3. Oil City as Viewed from Ruby Ridge, 1914
Close-up of image on marker
located in the Cameron Valley in Waterton Lakes National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Waterton, Alberta AB T0K 2M0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Western Canada's 1st Producing Oil Well (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Waterton (approx. 6.4 kilometers away); Oil & Architecture (approx. 6.4 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  First Oil Well in Canada National Historic Site in Canada. From the Parks Canada website on National Historic Sites in the Mountain National Parks. (Submitted on May 5, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Oil City Survey Plan by A.P. Patrick image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 18, 2010
4. Oil City Survey Plan by A.P. Patrick
Close-up of image on marker
Trailhead to Site of Oil City<br>and Dream Town Marker image. Click for full size.
Google Street View (©2015 Google), June 2013
5. Trailhead to Site of Oil City
and Dream Town Marker
View to southeast from Akamina Parkway
View to Southwest on Akamina Parkway image. Click for full size.
Google Street View (©2015 Google), June 2013
6. View to Southwest on Akamina Parkway
Marker on left (east) side of road
Western Canada's 1st Producing Oil Well Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 18, 2010
7. Western Canada's 1st Producing Oil Well Monument
Monument is located 1 km northeast of Dream Town marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   7. submitted on January 15, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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