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Arches mark influence of railroad on city
 
reprinted from Red Deer Advocate (Crystal Rhyno) October 19, 2013
 

 
The Arches dedication - photo Advocate



Red Deer's historic arches were unveiled during a ceremony Friday at 52 Avenue and 45 Street.

Photo by Jeff Stokoe, Red Deer Advocate


 

 
Bill McKay, CAHS President at Arches - Advocate photoThe Historic Arches project was unveiled at Centennial Plaza Park in Red Deer on Friday after nearly 20 years in the making.

The nine-pillar arches near Alexander Way and 52nd Avenue celebrate the influence of transportation and the railways in the development of the city.

Bill MacKay, president of the Central Alberta Historical Society, said the arches record the history of the railroad and its impact on the residents.

"Really it's the social issue of Red Deer because it has to do with people," said MacKay.

"People coming and going and settling and finding homesteads. It has to do with the coal mines, the Depression and why the rail was important for the coal mines."

The Arches project has been in the works since about 1999. They were erected a few years ago and the historic Michener Fountain, also in the park, was moved to the site in 2005.

Resembling roundhouse doors, the arches feature 27 plaques with little-seen-before historical photos on nine pillars. The photographs showcase a part of the rail history including transportation before and after the railroad, the role of the Metis people, and other milestones.

The permanent plaques will go up in the next few weeks while QR codes linking to the society's website will likely be operational by January.

MacKay said the society wants to keep up with technology and to give residents access to Red Deer history in the ways people are accessing information today.

This year the project went full steam ahead as a legacy project for the city's centennial.

Mayor Morris Flewwelling was involved with the project since the early days. As one of his final acts as mayor, Flewwelling said it was fitting to see the project complete with the unveiling on Friday.

With an estimated $225,000 price tag, the Arches project was funded through local donations, contributions from the city and grants from the province.
 
 

News articles related to Calgary & Edmonton Railway / Canadian Pacific in Central Alberta:
       News article: Penhold man remembers day of the train
(Innisfail Province Dec.2013)
       News article: CP's heritage train rolls through region
(Mountain View Gazette Aug.2011)
       News article: Help add a little history to Arches project
(Red Deer Advocate Sep.2009)
       News article: Historic significance of concrete obelisk preserved in mural (Red Deer Advocate Oct.2008)
       News article: A new face for the old station (Red Deer Life July 1996)

Calgary and Edmonton Railway (CPR)
Calgary and Edmonton Railway at Red Deer (CPR)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Red Deer to Rocky Mountain House
Canadian Northern Western Railway Brazeau sub (CNR) - Mirror to Red Deer and Nordegg
Railway Stations Were Once the Focal Point of Western Canadian Communities
Mackenzie and Mann influenced Central Alberta's first railway stations - C&ER Combination Stations
Most communities once had portable stations for a time
Red Deer once had four railway stations
Canadian Pacific Railway Stations in Central Alberta
Red Deer 1910 CPR station 'jewel' still dominates Ross Street

Downtown Red Deer Ground Transportation Themes
Railway Icons of City of Red Deer

Rise and Fall of Passenger Rail in the C&E Corridor
Jubilee 4-4-4 3001 'The Chinook'
History of Railway Locomotive Power in Central Alberta
History of Railway Structures Used in Central Alberta


Michael Dawe articles related to Calgary & Edmonton Railway / CPR heritage:
       An early community landmark - the Michener Fountain
(Red Deer Express June 2011)
       CPR Station Park once shining jewel of Red Deer (Red Deer Express June 2009)
      
Canadian Pacific Railway Bridge now 100 years old (Red Deer Advocate June 2009) 
       The history of Red Deer's CPR station
(Red Deer Express April 2007)
       Red Deer becomes a divisional point for CPR
(Red Deer Advocate Special March 2007)
       The Michener Fountain
(Red Deer Express July 2005)

 

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