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Calgary The Wonder City of Canada
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Where thi modern city today leemt with life. brief generation ago there was nothing but woodland
and prairie. I hi. view it from an airplane N00 feet above Calgary. In the center of this business
section may be seen the Canadian Pacific Railway Depot and the Palliaer Hotel
N hm Mu take look at this building and realize that it it the home of a newspaper, oac
of the tmett architecturally and among the bett equipped editorially and mechanically of
any m the world, then you begin to realize how Calgary, in Canada, has developed. Any
city nn J he proud to possess such a building. It it the home of the Calgary Daily Herald.
AH idvcnttUXNU souls, within the memory of
the present generation, found while traversing
Jouthwettera Canada a delightful stretch of level
country between the rivers Bow and Elbow near the
ky Mountains.
C was far from civilization. Winnipeg, the
City eastward, lay S40 miles away. There
ITtrd stretch of miles between this newly
garden spot and that metropolis of the Do
Pacific Coast, Vancouver. Southward. 138
t, was the upper border of the United States
' 1 region (northern Montana) quite as virginal as
the C anadian adventurers halted. If th
as a remote spot, this was it. Bui
"Well
long will be
JMI i" mighty proud of that citv!" the first settlers
declared.
They carried out their declarations. Today that bit
' between the rivers has upon it thousands of
wnca and business Places. The tall trees that the
,,; creri knew
itory utVict
ere
stay here, and well start town that before
a City, and some dav the whole Dominion
arc overtopped in heiffht bv ten-
huildir.L's. U llcri thi- first wnodrtl hoils. s
'" f. there are now as modern, as good-looking steel
and stunt- structures as might be found anywhere on
tmencan continent.
l,ryl That's the citv. in 1S83 it had 500 b
??Dlta"tf; now it has nearly 75.000 and it's pressing
yi nl by the day. It is the biggest and richest place in
Whole ProVinCi of Alberta. It is the most im
f ' Wliminity between Winnipeg and Vancouver.
cn nnsiasm and spnghtlmess it
io lOOK to their laurels, lest
. vi seiners preuieieu nic wwr uw
rainion is proud of the fast going, snappy metropolis
" has come into being within such a short time.
fnJ V -rivinK yu"K city already stands fifth in
""iiiidl nst
challenges those
they be seized.
the
of Can.-idn kaw.
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Win ' (1 onIy b' "Off of Montreal. Toronto.
theTM;Cu 3,1(1 V'ancover. Week alter week, during
"eY f Ca,Kar' ra"ged
oceml,, ,it k'r?wi,nK. in the earlier davs. was the chit t
is 'V"4 thosc wh settled Calgary. Wheat still
be ,j .i 7 Kn:atest assets of the region. Hut dairy-
mZ;": l,c rasmg of livestock
industries. A
l al- . . .
cattle a i "ards shows tnt" shipment of 22,635 beef
mn, ' hoga. 14.154 sheen and 1.894 horses. Im-
which uVnlU?s of.bltter and cheese, of a quality
uKcn tne top prizes in all the
arc rapidlv becoming
typical month's record for the
great
Canadian e 0 OS it io n s, are
shipped out of the bustling city
to all parts of the Dominion.
Though those who founded
Calgary probably did not know
it, they selected an ideal spot.
To the north and south, in the
Province of Alberta, enormous
deposits of coal have been dis
covered. Already these are sup
plying all the cities of western
Canada, and there is enough of
the fuel readily accessible to sup
ply the whole Dominion for
hundreds of years to come.
Then natural gas was found
in great (jiiantities to the south,
and this is supplied at a cheap
rate to Calgary and the other
cities of the province. Recently
oil has been located near the
young metropolis. This is al
ready being pumped in commercial quantities, and big
strikes are looked for. Added to all these resources
there is unlimited timber,
plenty of undeveloped water-power,
some nsherii i,
and valuable deposits of
asphalt and commercial
clays, iron, lead and other
profitable metals.
And in addition to all
this, Calgary is the natur
al trading p. int f r all the
great stretches of partly
settl d country that lies
about it in every direction.
Whatever the farmers
and ranches need, they
come to Calgary to buy.
There is an immensely
valuable tratVic in farm
implements and in the
foodstuffs, clothing and
other materials needed by
those living out in the
open places. The territory
served in this manner by
Calgary is so immense that
in the Kast it would be
servi d by two or three
average-sized cities.
Although this fact is
not generally realized, Cal
gary is the headquarters
of the second largest ir
rigation project in the
world, giving precedence
only to the famous water
ways that give the need
ed moisture to the dry
lands of Egypt in the re
gion of the Nile. The ca
nals of Calgary extend
north, east and south, with
the main head-gates with
in the limits of the city,
l iiKineers of all nationali
ties have visited this wa
ter system to study and
copy it.
this Wonder City of
the Dominion lass data TMsIim sum sasfliimsa
to the distinction ol Deing Caliary. which accounts foe its
the healthiest community on the American continent.
Last year its death rate was only 7.2 in each thousand
of population.
Many Americans, doubtless, still picture Calgary as a
sort of Wild West, frontier settlement Possibl
these figures, showing some of the possessions of the
city, may dispel that visualization:
Sixty-two miles of paved streets, fifty-two miles
of boulevards and parking-strips, ten public parks
with an area of 577 acres, a university, five colleges
and three business colleges, thirty-seven public schools
and two high schools, a municipal street railway with
70 miles of operated track, eighty-three churches,
twenty-one banks, a government built internal grain
elevator with a capacity of 2,500.000 bushels, one
hundred and eighty wholesale establishments with an
annual turnover of $85,000,000 and eight hundred retail
stores with agreate payrolls of $J5."Xh).000.
All this in less than forty years ! Most of it, in
fact, within less than half that time! In 1901 Calgarv's
population was only 4392; by 1011 it had been multi
plied by ten. almost, and was 4J.704.
Look at it now going up ! And the Calgarians say
they are really just starting.
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much as a cowpath few raars hack. Bat it's in that woadat-'city.
aatts, from houlatard lighting system to skyscrapers

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