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
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
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.