Purchase of historic street signs discussed


A suggestion to purchase some historic street signs for the town brought to the council table, Monday, is still being considered.

At its meeting, Monday, council agreed to look into the suggestion by Coun. Jack Webb.

“To my surprise and also to my delight I discovered the streets used to named,” said Webb. “Purchasing signs would be a great way to honour our history, especially with Canada’s 150 birthday coming up.”

Councillors seemed to like the idea, but some reservations were expressed.

“I love the idea of something historical,” said Mayor Rick Pankiw. ‘My concern is confusing people coming into town.”

“That would be interesting fact for people to know (that the streets were named),” said Coun. Paul Payson, who suggested placing the signs at Pas Ka Poo Park.

Purchasing a couple of the historic street signs shouldn’t be too cost prohibited, said Web.

Council agreed to look into the cost of the signs and bring the matter up at the next meeting.

According to the Mount Auburn Cemetery Map surveyed between 1904 and 1962, 17 historic street names were used in Rimbey.

50th Avenue was known as Jasper Avenue and 40th Avenue was Rimbey Avenue. Other names used included Princess Avenue, Watts Avenue, Queens Avenue, Kings Avenue and more. 52nd Street was known as First A Street West and 43rd Street was Rimbey Street. Railway Street was 42nd Street.


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