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15 Famous Calgary Names (As In Bridge, Park and Trail Famous)

15 Famous Calgary Names (As In Bridge, Park and Trail Famous) True Calgarians know which prominent individuals these landmarks, parks, theatres and neighbourhoods were named after. By Andrew Guilbert   October 22, 2015     Despite being a relatively young city, Calgary is steeped in history. Everything from main roads…

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15 Famous Calgary Names (As In Bridge, Park and Trail Famous)

True Calgarians know which prominent individuals these landmarks, parks, theatres and neighbourhoods were named after.

 

 

 

Despite being a relatively young city, Calgary is steeped in history. Everything from main roads to malls bears the name of some important figure in the city’s past, and to know that history is to know Calgary. Here are just a few names to know.

 

Barb Scott Park

 

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Scott was one of Calgary’s longest serving aldermen – re-elected as councillor in Ward 8 seven times, serving a total of 24 years.

 

Crowchild Trail

 

Chief David Crowchild was the leader of the Sarcee (now Tsuu T’ina) Nation from 1946 to 1953.

 

Deerfoot Trail and Deerfoot City

 

Blackfoot runner Api-kai-ees, nephew of head chief Crowfoot, won many professional races in the 19th century and earned the moniker Deerfoot for his fleet-footedness.

 

Dover(community)/YWCA Mary Dover House

 

Mary Dover, whose father was Stampede co-founder A. E. Cross, was a lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, two-term Calgary alderman and recipient of the Order of the British Empire and the Order of Canada.

Louise Bridge

 

Louise Cushing was the daughter of William Henry Cushing, the 11th mayor of Calgary, from 1900 to 1901.

Lougheed House

 

Photograph courtesy of Lougheed House Conservation Society

Built in 1891, this sandstone mansion, also known as Beaulieu, is named for its owner, Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed, one of the city’s most prominent citizens in the 19th century and the grandfather of Peter Lougheed, the province’s premier from 1971 to 1985.

Macleod Trail

 

Named for its primary destination, Fort Macleod, which was named for its founder, Lieut.-Col. James Macleod.

Martha Cohen Theatre and Martha Cohen School

 

Photograph courtesy of arts commons

Cohen was a chairwoman and activist for multiple organizations, and helped develop and build what is now the Arts Commons.

Nellie McClung House

 

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McClung was a member of the Famous Five, who launched the 1929 Persons Case, which won women the right to sit in the Canadian senate and officially be considered “persons” under Canadian law.

Prince’s Island

 

photograph by craig mclaughlin

Peter Anthony Prince built the Eau Claire sawmill and inadvertently created the island in 1886 by digging an existing channel deeper to float logs, forming a peninsula whose middle section eventually eroded, forming an island.

Ramsay

 

Photograph courtesy of The Glenbow Museum

Silas Alexander Ramsay was an alderman for 15 years and Calgary’s mayor from 1904 to 1905. Ramsay School, located within the neighbourhood, is named for William T. Ramsay (no relation to Silas), a prominent businessman who used to own the land the school is built on.

Sue Higgins Park

 

photograph by Dave Bloggs

The park formerly known as Southland was renamed for the seven-term alderman, the self-declared “Alderbroad,” a recipient of the Trustee of Alberta award and the Canadian Commemorative Medal and a member of several committees and associations.

Tom Baker Cancer Centre

 

photograph courtesy of the Alberta Cancer Institute

Dr. Tom Baker was the chairman of the Alberta Cancer Board from 1967 to 1981, the year the centre was opened.

Tom Campbell’s Hill

 

Named for the large sign that once stood on the hill advertising Tom Campbell’s Hats.

Weadickville

Photograph courtesy of the glenbow museum

Created in 1980, this reproduction of a 1912-style Calgary street located north of the Big Four Building on the Stampede Grounds is named for the Calgary Stampede’s founder, Guy Weadick.

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