Red Deer at 100

In the Central of Alberta Out here in the Canadian West There’s a little city called Red Deer A place that we like best.

In the Central of Alberta

Out here in the Canadian West

There’s a little city called Red Deer

A place that we like best.

In between two bigger cities

From north to south you see

A line was built by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway

In 1913.

People came from near and far

And brought a massive growth

Settlers flooded to this city

And the population jumped.

Then along came World War I

A sudden end to the boom

Hundreds that enlisted

Never did return.

Hard times entered in the ’30s

Brought the depression for our city

But we fared much better

Than most in the rest of Alberta.

Growth returned to our city

Even with the outbreak of World War II

The discovery of the oil boom

Was claimed the fastest growing around 1952.

In the ’60s names of streets were introduced

Those that kept the names

Were Gaetz and Ross

Just to name a few.

In the early ’80s

Athletes and builders were inducted

To the newly named

Alberta Sports and Hall of Fame.

During these past 100 years

Sporting facilities, parks and recreation too

Reflects on how this city has grown

Since 1913.

Landmarks have come tumbling down

Traditional Hotels like the Arlington

Some even burnt down

Like the Windsor and Waskasoo.

All those years have come and gone

And the memories we hold so dear

A day is coming up for us

To celebrate our Centennial Year.

We knew that progress had to come

It did not take to long

So let’s give our thanks

And celebrate 100 years ago.

Valerie Zimmermann

Red Deer