Lindbergh - TIMELINE


by Marvin Bjornstad

1792 Fort George and Buckingham House fur trading posts established southeast of present town on North Saskatchewan River.

1800 Fur trading forts abandoned.

1817 Dog Rump House established at mouth of Dog Rump Creek, to serve as shipping depot for Moose Lake outpost of H.B.C.

1822 Dog Rump House abandoned.

1823 Hudson Bay Company and North West Company merge forming one company.

1829 Last remnants of Dog Rump House dismantled and floated downstream to help build new Fort Pitt.

1845 Much disputed territory south of North Saskatchewan River between Blackfoot and Cree leading to violence.

1857 Captain Palliser recommends opening Rupert's Land for settlement.

1862 Trail from Fort Pitt to St Paul widened for carts by Lac La Biche fathers to make fur traffic easier.

1862 Various travellers moving along trails to get to Klondike goldfields. 

1864 John MacDougall widens early trail from Saddle Lake to Victoria Settlement.

1867 Early trail widened from Victoria Settlement to  Fort Edmonton.

1870 Rupert's Land sold to Dominion of Canada; N.W.T. created.

1872 North West Territory Council formed to govern the west. 

1874 Pioneer Telegraph line built from Winnipeg to Battleford to Hay Lake, and later to Fort Edmonton. 

1874 NWMP arrive in the west headquartered in Fort Macleod and Fort Edmonton. 

1881-1883 27,000,000 acres of land surveyed in N.W.T.

1884 Study recommends Pioneer Telegraph Line be moved to where people are at Saddle Lake and Victoria. 

1885 Northwest Rebellion creates turmoil in nearby areas. Telegraph line is found to be very useful. 

1886 Dominion Telegraph moved to cart track from Fort Pitt to Frog Lake to Moosewa to Saddle Lake to Victoria to Edmonton. Moosewa Telegraph Station built.

1896 Area resurveyed following Riel Rebellion

1896-1903 367,000 immigrants arrive in Canada from Europe.

1904-1913 2,500,000 more immigrants arrive to settle Canada's prairies.

1904 Two trapper living east of Lindbergh are starving and one dies, maybe due to murder.

1905-1906 - Alberta becomes a province. First settlers arrive in area. Bob Chanler builds at top of hill overlooking North Saskatchewan River.

1909 Eddie Davis opened a store at Mooswa next to the Telegraph Station. (now Riverview).

1910 Tyrol Post Office opened at Stewart Maxwell family farm (later Tom Johnson farm).

1911 Lindbergh ferry installed. Burrell Hatchard is first baby born in Lindbergh.

1911 Moose Creek School opened across the creek from the current hamlet of Lindbergh. Miss Moody taught 26 pupils.

1913 Mooswa Cemetery started.

1914-18 World War I.

1922 AG Ross joins Dr Miller’s practise.

1923 First hospital established by Dr Miller and Dr Ross. First electrical power plant, used for hospital.

1927 CNR reaches Heinsburg. The Eddie Davis store and post office moved from Mooswa to Lindbergh and the tiny village began to grow. John Palynchuk’s Store built.

1928 First Municipal hospital started construction in Elk Point. Grain elevator in operation in Lindbergh.

1935 Municipal office set up in Lindbergh in old Mooswa School

1939-1945 World War II

1943 First highway built between Elk Point and St. Paul.

1946 Elk Point Medical clinic opened. Three oil companies drilling in Lindbergh area hit salt and plan a new plant.

1947 Alex Wyness stated at Salt plant during construction after working at Fort McMurray salt plant.

1948 New salt plant is completed by Alberta Salt Company. Herb Ayres was manager.

1949 Bridge built to replace Elk Point ferry, officially opened June 1950. First bus service between Elk Point and Edmonton (Greyhound Buslines). Official opening of Salt Plant on March 19, 1949.

1950 Canadian Salt Company formed buying up Alberta Salt Company and C.I.L. company. Windsor Salt is its brand name.

1951 Highways completed including Vermilion, Elk Point, and St. Paul. Cascade Community Club formed by salt plant employees.

1954 H. Sills becomes Salt plant manager.

1955 Windsor Club formed, and curling rink built.

1956 January has first curling in new building. John D. Williams becomes plant manager. First mixed bonspiel in March.

1958 Lindbergh School expanded to new three-room school.

1962 Beginning of Windsor Club cribbage tournaments.

1965 Expansion of kitchen in Curling club.

1967 Salt Plant expanded.

1970 New boiler added to Salt Plant  

1972 Elk Point Streets paved.

1973 AG Ross Agriplex arena built. Lindbergh Salt Plant expanded again. Mooswa hockey club formed.

1976 Buckingham House senior citizens home opened. New municipal hospital built, old one demolished

1977 New Elk Point Co-op grocery supermarket opened.

1983 New Alberta Wheat Pool high capacity elevator west of Elk Point

1984 Several oil company offices and service industries built.

1985 New high-span open bridge finished, old bridge moved and dismantled.

1988-89 Elementary school renovated and expanded, gym enlarged.

1992 Bicentennial (200 years) celebrated in Elk Point.