Two cyclists make their way past the water treatment plant in Red Deer where a new mural has been installed.

Historic mural aims to bring heritage of community to life

A new historic mural capturing the images of days gone by was recently erected on the north side of the City of Red Deer water treatment plant building.

A new historic mural capturing the images of days gone by was recently erected on the north side of the City of Red Deer water treatment plant building.

Constructed on an 18-metre-by-2.4-metre panel, the mural features a variety of historical images of the area’s development over two centuries.

One image shows a First Nations teepee next to the newly built Calgary and Edmonton (C&E) Railway Co. bridge in 1892.

Another depicts the first power plant built in 1904 in Red Deer, an expanded power plant in the 1940s and various images of the bridge over the years.

“We really are trying to bring the heritage of the community to life,” said Janet Pennington, heritage community development co-ordinator.

“It’s really important we do this. We’re looking at a lot of new heritage signage throughout the downtown.”

The images, mostly from the city archives, were printed directly on a material called Dibond.

The images are expected to last for many years.

Pennington said it is important that residents celebrate the heritage sites and buildings, and in the case of the treatment plant, the things that have taken place at the site and the use of the land.

“We spent a lot of time looking through the images in the archive,” said Pennington.

“There is a really cool image on the right side which shows the CPR bridge and it shows the power plant in 1911 with all the logs piled up in front of it because that is how they were generating the electricity. . . . The biggest image on there is the CPR bridge just after it was built in 1892. It was called the C&E then.”

Pennington said she hopes people will take the time to seek out the mural and think about our history.

Three more murals will go up near the plant in the next two months. Two of the murals,

The River and The Railway, will be placed on fencing near the trail beside the Red Deer River and the third, The New River Crossing, will be placed near the CPR bridge.

Pennington said the murals will be slightly smaller than the water treatment mural with more text explaining the images.

The treatment plant is located on 54th Street and 54th Avenue.

The mural can be viewed by accessing the south bank trail next to the Red Deer River, north of the CPR bridge.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Rebels drop home opener to Oil Kings

The Edmonton Oil Kings were simply better than the Red Deer Rebels… Continue reading

Diesel spilled in Penhold neighbourhood

Penhold Fire Department responded

House fire in Penhold

Damage estimated at $30,000

Red Deer Players host play reading for public

Audience feedback for playwright

Sylvan Lake cleanup cancelled

Weather prompts cancellation

RDC Kings topple Medicine Hat College Rattlers

Kings Matheus Alves scores twice in the win

Nurse leads Canada over South Korea 82-63 at FIBA Women’s World Cup

TENERIFE, Spain — Kia Nurse poured in 29 points to lift Canada… Continue reading

Aretha Franklin exhibit debuts with eye toward her legacy

DETROIT — The Detroit museum that hosted Aretha Franklin’s public visitations after… Continue reading

‘Anaana’s Tent’ passes Inuit songs, legends, language to a new generation

In Pangnirtung, Nunavut, on the eastern tip of Baffin Island, Rita Claire… Continue reading

Housing data decision opens door to real estate innovation, say realtors

TORONTO — Realtor Daniel Steinfeld has wanted to post home sales data… Continue reading

Ty Long kicks winning field goal, Lions come back to beat Ticats in OT

VANCOUVER — Ty Long was eager for a special moment, and he… Continue reading

Indigenous eateries take centre stage in Canada thanks to increasing awareness

VANCOUVER — Since Paul Natrall started serving Indigenous cuisine from his Mr.… Continue reading

Canada’s capital region reeling after intense tornado rips through communities

OTTAWA — Parts of Canada’s national capital were still reeling Saturday after… Continue reading

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The head coach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns… Continue reading

Most Read