Downtown Grande Prairie Presents

Memory Lane

A History of Downtown Grande Prairie from 1914 - 2014

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SPRA 0344.02.50 Frank Earnest Hardy fonds

From the west end of the block, about 1918, the entire north side of the 100th Street block of 100th Avenue can be seen, from Thompson’s Hardware to the Imperial Bank of Canada. The building signed Owens & Johnson is the original Selkirk Trading Post built in 1914. It still exists today (with a different facade) as Al’s News. Also visible midway down the block is the hip-roofed Royal North West Mounted Police barracks. The telegraph poles which line the street were installed about 1914, but there was a telegraph office in Grande Prairie ca. 1910. This was the major source of communication with the outside world, especially for world news.