In the early days

Railroad companies were in fierce competition with one another

The following article and accompanying pictures were submitted by the Sylvan Lake and District Archives Society

The following article and accompanying pictures were submitted by the Sylvan Lake and District Archives Society as part of a series celebrating the society’s 20 years of existence this year. The Archives Society is open to the public every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. at its new location in the lower level of the town’s Municipal Government Building.

Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, what are now the CNR and the CPR, respectively, in the 1900s were in fierce competition to open up the west country by rail, and several injunctions and altercations took place.

Finally, the railroad companies accomplished their goals and stations were built in Sylvan Lake — the CPR was located near the present HJ Cody School and the CNR was about where Railside Plaza is today.

See two more photos in this week’s paper.