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Calgary Hotels

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PC 947

Cecil Hotel, ca. 1912

Postcards from the Past, PC 947

Calgary's historic hotels are in the news again. This time it is the Cecil Hotel, built in 1912 to cater to the needs of the working man. It was described in a 1914 Albertan publication as "a cosy resort permeated with fellowship." A hotel down the street, the King Edward, catering to the same clientele, was called "the ideal home of the working man."

Hotels played an important part in the early history of this city. To see more pictures, visit our Community Heritage and Family History Digital Library. If you are interested in the history of hotels in Calgary, come down to the local history room of the Central Library and have a look at The Role of Hotels in Early Calgary by Harry Sanders and Bed and Breakfast by William M McLennan.

Sarcee Military Camp

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PC 567

Sarcee City, 1916

Postcards from the Past, PC 567

Most of us are familiar with the battalion numbers on Signal Hill but did you know that the young men who created those numbers were trained for battle on the land below the hill? This area was known as Camp Sarcee and beside it grew a small "town" of shops catering to the needs of these servicemen. The city, known as Sarcee City, had a tailor, an ice-cream parlor, a photo studio, a jeweller and watch repair, a pool hall, a cafe - everything a soldier may have needed.

PC 965

Sarcee Camp, 192nd Battalion, 1916

Postcards from the Past, PC 965

If you have ancestors who gave their lives in the Second World War, Library and Archives Canada has a new database Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead. This database will allow researchers to more easily access these records.

Canadian Passenger Lists on Ancestry LE

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MeganticGenealogists searching for that elusive link to the old country have a new tool at their command. The Canadian passenger lists from 1865-1935 have been indexed and are available on Ancestry LE. These lists contain more than 7 million names and record the arrivals of more than 4,000 ships. This is the first complete index of these records to be made available online. The site also links to the digitized images of the records, made available by Library and Archives Canada back in 2006.

You can access Ancestry LE at any of the branches of the Calgary Public Library. All you need is your library card.