The Way In ~ This Week in 1913

In the Sept. 16, 1914 newspaper, the Editor responds to “frequent and persistent enquiries from outside points…as to ways and means of reaching this country”. He mentions both the long trail through Athabasca Landing and Grouard, and of course, the Edson Trail, which he refers to as the short cut!

Map from the book "Pioneers of the Peace"

Map from the book “Pioneers of the Peace”

Sept 16, 1913

Sept 16, 1913

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For more information on the early pioneers to the Peace Country the Grande Prairie and District Oldtimers’ Assoc. has a website.

 

 

Written and researched by Kathryn Auger.

 

Improved Service on ‘The Long Trail’ ~ This Week in 1914

2001.1.127A short article in the Sept. 4, 1914 paper noted ‘some very favourable changes to the traveling public’. This trail came in from the north, and had been Grande Prairie’s major link with the outside world until the Edson Trail was established in 1911. The Edson Trail was shorter, but it could still take months to travel these trails between Edmonton and Grande Prairie. (from the booklet Historical Walking and Driving Tour: Grande Prairie, Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism). So any improvements would have been welcomed by local residents.

Sept. 4, 1914

Sept. 4, 1914

Written and researched by Kathryn Auger.