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Peace River, 1780-1914: From Athabasca to the Last Great West
Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre
Peace River , Alberta

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became partners in the fur
trade economy with a First
Nations population of hunter-
gatherers.
   From 1821 to 1879,
however, there were no fur
trade establishments near
what was to become Peace
River Crossing until the
Hudsonís Bay Company

established a post there.
Peace River Landing was the
first permanent establishment
on the future village site,
the economic focal point for
development of Peace River
Crossing. The arrival of
Anglican and Roman Catholic
missions (across the river on
the Shaftesbury Trail), a

North West Mounted Police
detachment, the signing of
Treaty 8 and the Dominion
Land Survey attracted
settlers, investors and
businesses. Development of
Peace River Crossing peaked
in the years from 1911 to
1914.
   Visitor to this exhibit

will find the early history
of this unique community told
in compelling photographs,
postcards, historic documents
and maps.

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