Heritage signage project continues in Blairmore 0
Continuing with the initiative to celebrate Crowsnest Pass's history, another heritage sign was unveiled as part of the Historic Walking Tour.
Downtown Blairmore was the scene of the celebrations on Thursday, June 28 as Fred Bradley, president, Crowsnest Heritage Initiative Society, and Mayor Bruce Decoux unveiled a new interpretive panel at the kiosk on the corner of 20 Avenue and 129 Street.
In addition, a new Walking Tour Brochure was developed and copies were installed in the kiosk.
Interpretive pieces have been designed in a bright green and orange colour scheme that is immediately recognizable to pedestrians and motorists alike. They contain text and historic photographs that bring the Pass's rich history to life.
To celebrate Blairmore's centennial, funding for the project was received through a grant from Canadian Heritage and the Community Initiatives Program of Alberta Lotteries.
Bradley thanked numerous people who were involved in the project and Mayor Bruce Decoux congratulated everyone for their hard work.
A revised Historical Driving Route brochure has also been developed and copies are now available at Crowsnest Pass Community Futures.
Thirty-five historical building plaques have been designed for Main Street Blairmore, said Bradley, and 29 have been installed to date.
Bradley told the crowd the signage program's goals are to celebrate and increase the local and travelling public's awareness of the municipality's heritage, to increase heritage conservation, and to increase tourism with the Driving Route through the five communities that make up the Pass.
The Blairmore signage is part of a larger project that saw similar signs erected in Coleman, outside of the Museum, the Senior Drop-in Centre and beside Gary Carpenter's Woodworking, and one at Gushul Studio in Blairmore.
The next phase of the heritage signage will be in Frank and Bellevue, said Bradley.
After the interpretive panel unveiling, Bradley pointed out some of the historic plaques on a few of Blairmore's oldest buildings that can be found on the Walking Tour.
Refreshments were served at the Cosmopolitan Hotel which is celebrating it's centennial this year.