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Coaldale, Alberta (Canada)

Lethbridge County

Last modified: 2012-08-09 by rob raeside
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[flag of Coaldale] image contributed by Darrell Neuman, 23 April 2006


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Coaldale Alberta (population 5,941) is located 12 km East of Lethbridge. The municipal flag features the town crest which reflects the agricultural livelihood of most people (livestock, sugar beet, wheat, barley).
Darrell Neuman, 23 April 2006


A logo of the town symbol is located in the Community profile document (pdf) on both the first and last pages,

Located in the heart of southern Alberta, Coaldale is ideally situated between three metropolitan communities, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Calgary. Rail lines, quality highways and an efficient airport nearby connect Coaldale to Canada's east and west coast.

County/District: County of Lethbridge
Census Division: 2
Elevation: 831 Metres - 2725.68 Feet
Latitude: 49 Degrees , 43 Minutes
Longitude: 112 Degrees, 37 Minutes

HISTORY

The enterprising Town of Coaldale is located 12 km. east of Lethbridge in sunny Southern Alberta on the main Canadian Pacific Railway line linking Medicine Hat to Vancouver. Agriculture is, without a doubt, the backbone of the Coaldale economy. In the early years of the Town, cattle companies located large ranching operations in the area to take advantage of the tall nutritional native grasses that grew in the fertile loam soils. Coaldale began as a cattle shipping point. Soon homesteaders moved to the area and as the sod turned over, fields of wheat, flax, oats, rye and barley became a familiar sight. The railway brought more settlers to the area and the Community became the major service centre for the farmers and settlers. During the movement of people to the area, a modern thriving Community began to emerge. As a cattle shipping centre and a shipping point for the grains, the central development of ancillary services gradually took place. Restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, harness shops, butcher shops and lumber yards developed to serve the rapidly expanding needs of the agricultural industry.

Phil Nelson, 29 April 2006
 
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