Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fort McMurray Heritage

Here are a few pictures I took a couple weekends ago when we visited Fort McMurray's Heritage Park. There were plaques outside each building , describing its original function, when it was built and so forth. The main purpose of our visit was so that the kids could see Santa and get a pony ride so I was understandably a little distracted so I'm going by memory on the information below. Most, if not all of these buildings, were built in Waterways, an older community, which was eventually swallowed up by Fort McMurray.

This is, or was, the first RCMP station in the area, built in Waterways around the time of WWI, the exact date escapes me. On this particular day, the building was playing host to Santa Claus for all the children to come and visit.

This was the area's first Catholic Church, built in 1911. The steeple was a 1920's add-on.

This church was built in the late 1930's and served its congregation until about 1960.

If memory serves me correctly, this is the Port Radium. In days gone by craft like this one plied the waters between Waterways and points North, delivering all manner of supplies. Another old barge similar to this one can be found at the Northern Life Museum in Fort Smith.

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