Little Chicago / Royalties: An Oil Boomtown in Alberta

Creator(s): Museum of the Highwood

Anyone driving down Highway 22 just north of Longview, Alberta could never imagine that there was once a bustling oil town on both sides of the road. Packed into just over two square miles, Little Chicago, later called Royalties, grew and developed around more than 20 oil wells.

Former Little Chicago residents have many fond memories of their lives there. There was a strong sense of community and many of social activities. People were very supportive of each other, especially during hard times.

A group of former residents, the Little Chicago Revisited Committee, raised more than $30,000 to build a monument where the town once stood. It was unveiled with many former residents present on July 24, 2004. It remains a lasting memory to the people who once called it their home.

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