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.
|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!