Thursday, April 26, 2018

One-Time in Warburg

As a general rule, time permitting, I always like to check out small towns that I pass. On my most recent exploring trip, with my side-kick H and our friend Kim, we ended up in Warburg, AB.

Many Swedish families settled the area and in 1916 a post office was opened with the name Warburg. According to Place Names of Alberta, Warburg is named after Warberg/Varberg Castle in Sweden with an spelling error along the way. The population continued to grow with the railroad expansion and in 1953, Warburg was incorporated as a Village. As of the 2016 census, it had a population of 766.

A few buildings caught my eye as we cruised around town. First an obvious old school, now the Warburg Museum. The current school is right next to it. If you look under the Warburg Museum letters, you see a letter peeking out..possibly an H, possibly from the word school.




Also nearby:

Possibly an old hangar? 

WE HAVE THE MEATS
On to the colourful downtown area, where we spotted the local watering hole. I found an old photo which I am pretty sure is the same building due to the oddly spaced window placement and the Established in 1937 clue, and how many hotels could Warburg have had?

Pretty in Pink and Red

c. 1955-56 Courtesy of the Glenbow Museum Archives

Former church. 
Bonus Boler for BigDoer 3/10! 
If you have any Warburg stories or photos, I'd love to see them!



26 comments:

  1. Interesting post -- "we have the meats!" -- made me LOL. I've got no Warburg stories/photos, but I went to university with a guy named Warburg, for what that's worth.

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    1. LOL that's all I could of when I saw MEATS there.

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  2. The former church particularly appeals to me.

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    1. Me too! I love how low the roof goes on the arch to the front door.

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  3. I love that the liquor store and tavern are right next to each other! :) "We have the meats" made me giggle too! :)

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    1. Thanks Rain! Always something interesting to see! I am picturing a door inside connecting the 2 so the liquor store clerk is also the bartender in the tavern.

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  4. Ahhh...Bolers are the drug and you're my dealer. Love that church! And I'd be willing to bet big that's a hangar.

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    1. LOL Thanks Chris! The church is neat, I was looking for an old photo but couldn't find anything older than 2010.

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  5. The church looks to be in excellent condition. The liquor store and tavern share the same customers no doubt, not far to go as you leave one place. All your liquor needs can be met right there. :)

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    1. Thanks Bill! Maybe they can go sleep it off in the hotel part lol!

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  6. The church is very cool! Not many people around when you were there.

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    1. Thanks RedPat, it's an eye catching church in colour and design. I only recall seeing a couple kids on bikes the whole time we were there.

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  7. Proud history for that small place! Great photos!

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    1. Thanks Marie! Maybe one day I can say I have visited every village, town, city etc in Alberta!

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  8. Gosh that is a small population Jenn. I wonder what the people of Warburg do for a living? Is there a bigger town nearby?
    P.s. the Dawn Service is to commemorate the Gallipoli landing at dawn. It's an amazing time to watch the new day arriving.

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    1. HI PDP, it appears to be mostly agriculture, oil and gas and power industry. It's about an hour from Edmonton which is the capital city of Alberta, which has around 1 million people. The village website also says there is an enthusiastic senior population!
      Thanks for the reply on the ANZAC Day service.

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  9. I like the color on that church

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    1. Thanks Adam! That's what first caught my eye!

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  10. The Waterfall Front/Art Decco on the Museum is a beaut!

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  11. You created some great images from your trip there. I can't believe I've never driven out to this place as it isn't that far away. I've been just north, south, east and probably west of it (within a few kms) so you would think I was trying to avoid it. Next time I'm in that area I will definitely stop in. If anyone asks, I'll say, "Jenn sent me".

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    1. Thanks Glen! LOL not sure you will see anyone there....it was pretty quiet...even at the tavern.

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  12. Nice post, Jenn! The school and church do it for me.

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    1. Thanks Michael! That church was neat! That low roof in front was super!

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  13. Super Art Deco touches on the museum building Jenn. Warburg looks like a quiet little town ✨

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    1. Hi PDP, yes that museum building is a neat one! It sure seemed quiet, only saw a couple kids on bikes.

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