100 Years in Stony Plain

Creator(s): Multicultural Heritage Centre

The Beginnings of Stony Plain, Alberta

In 1881, carpenter John Leod McDonald was the earliest pioneer to stake a claim in a region of Alberta then known as Dog Rump Creek, not far from today's Edmonton. As soon as McDonald became the area's first postmaster, he successfully lobbied to have the settlement renamed Stony Plain, which he found more becoming.

Stony Plain's Centennial Celebration

This Community Memories exhibit celebrates 100 years of Stony Plain history. As the town observes its centennial, it is evident that 100 years later the bustling community of nearly 12,000 residents is still flourishing.

While some old buildings were torn down to make way for new developments, many of the town's original structures, such as the renovated Professional Building and Stony Plain Hotel on Main Street, are still standing proud and have become the object of a preservation drive. This rich heritage is also evident in the 27 artists' murals throughout the town that evoke its history.

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