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18 Jul 2002

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Statistical and General

The total population of the town of Calgary at the present time, as near as can be ascertained, is about 1000, and the number of buildings of all kinds 248, which are classified as follows

  • General Stores - 9
  • Hardware Stores - 2
  • Hotels - 5
  • Saddlers' Shops - 2
  • Bakeries - 3
  • Paint Shops - 2
  • Carpenters' Shops - 8
  • Blacksmiths' Shops - 3
  • Lawyers' Offices - 5
  • Insurance Offices - 1
  • Surveyors' and Architects' Offices - 2
  • Land Offices - 2
  • Fruit and Confectionery Stores - 1
  • Drug Stores - 2
  • Watchmakers' Shops - 2
  • Doctors' Offices - 2
  • Dentists' Offices - 1
  • Lumber Offices - 3
  • Millinery Stores - 2
  • Real Estate Offices - 2
  • Book Stores - 3
  • Saloons - 4
  • Meat Markets - 2
  • Barbers' Shop~ - 2
  • Boarding-houses - 6
  • Bowling-alley.~ - 1
  • Dwelling-houses - 107
  • Furniture Stores - 1
  • Photograph Galleries - 2
  • Churches - 5
  • Miscellaneous - 54
  • Total - 248

No assessment of the town has yet been made... the probable rate - will give an income of $5,000.

Specially written descriptions of many of these industries will be found elsewhere in these pages. No assessment of the town has yet been made; but it is in progress, and when completed cannot fall far short of half a million dollars, which at 1 per cent. - the probable rate - will give an income of $5,000. This of course does not include an incidental estimated revenue of about $1,000 from licenses, fines, and other sources.

Nature has been most partial to Calgary. She has been lavish in her gifts. Let the industrious man go to work, and in a few years his labors will be rewarded with unbounded prosperity.

A large portion of the town-site overlies a bed of gravel varying from extreme fineness to the coarseness of cobble-stones. This gravel will hereafter be found useful in street and drain building. Both rivers, at the confluence of which the town is laid out, contain the finest trout; and a water supply for the town is not a difficult problem, as there is plenty of fall on both streams. The soil is not a nuisance to pedestrians, as it is in other Northwest towns, and the purest water may readily be obtained by sinking wells to a depth of 15 feet. The situation of the town on the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway, its central position in the district, and its proximity to the mining regions of the Rockies and to the great stock district stretching north and south, indicate it as the great distributing centre for the vast region extending north, west, south, and, let us hope, north-east. The waters of both the Bow and Elbow cannot easily be excelled; and for manufacturing purposes the town has no peer in the Canadian Northwest. Nature has been most partial to Calgary. She has been lavish in her gifts. Let the industrious man go to work, and in a few years his labors will be rewarded with unbounded prosperity.