Camrose Statistics and History
Camrose, Alta, City, pop 13 728 (1996c), 13 420 (1991c),
12 968 (1986c), area 26.10 km2, inc 1955, located 97 km SE of Edmonton,
is a distributing, medical, government and manufacturing centre for a rich,
mixed-farming area. François Adam, a Belgian who came to the Duhamel
mission in 1886, was responsible for the founding of the town in 1905.
Initially called Sparling, Camrose is named for a town in Wales, but the
name may also refer to the wild roses that grow along Stoney Cr, which
flows through the town.
The area was settled in the early 1900s, mostly
by Scandinavians, whose influence remains in the Augustana University College,
a degree status university, the Gardner Bible College and the Camrose Lutheran
Bible College. One of Canada's first ski clubs was formed here in 1911.
The city is served by both CNR and CPR, has 2 weekly publications, The
Camrose Canadian and The Camrose Booster , and a giant country and western
Author: ERIC J. HOLMGREN
The 1999 Canadian Encyclopedia: World Edition
Copyright c 1998 by McClelland & Stewart Inc.
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