It is said that “everything begins as an idea.” In the case of Lloydminster, the original idea belonged to Isaac Barr. For the Wikipedia article I wrote sketching Barr’s career -click here
Lloydminster’s population has grown over the years. Click here for a chart.
This section deals with the settlement of Lloydminster and District. While there are lots of photos from the early years, we all need reminding from time to time that settlement, like history, happens every day.
Welcome to all - including the most recent newcomers. I hope this website helps you understand your new community, but I also hope it inspires you to help create Lloydminster’s future.
I would welcome additional photos and stories, from any era, that show streetscapes or notable buildings, or which tell of your adventure of settlement.
One of the most photographed buildings in Lloydminster is “the Old Post Office”. Constructed in 1930 to replace one of similar design destroyed in the great fire of August 1929. It has seen many uses since it stopped being a post office in the early 1970’s.
For a page of other photos of the “old Post Office(s)” -click here
As did other Canadians, Lloydminster and District residents celebrated the 1967 commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the federal level of government for Canada. For a page of photos of Lloydminster in 1967 -click here
Two of the best known early settlers of Lloydminster were William and Alice Rendell. Their homestead was the quarter section immediately to the south-west of today’s junction of Highways 16 and 17. The Rendell Centre (shopping area) is near where their farm yard was, and Rendell School is at the far end of their original property, where cows once grazed. The Rendell home [which was moved to Weaver Park and partially restored] was the first wood frame structure in the settlement and their daughter Alice Miriam was the first child born in Lloydminster.
Thanks to their grandson, Don Hiron, I was able to transcribe a collection of Alice Rendell’s letters from the early period. I have added some explanatory notes and a few photos. For that page -click here
“Boosterism” was common in the early days of settlement in the Canadian West. It referred to a community’s efforts to “boost” itself and tout its benefits and advantages in order to attract settlers and business. An excellent example of “Boosterism” was a booklet prepared by the Lloydminster Board of Trade (a forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce) in 1928.
The Brittania Colonists had little to no contact with Indigenous people. This despite there being Reservations at Onion Lake, only 50 miles away, and Frog Lake, some 70 miles away.
How this could be is explained in part by the Second North-West Rebellion - an episode that subdued and confined Indigenous peoples, and quickly reduced them, in the eyes of the Colonists at least, to a part of a mythic past - unrelated to the exciting future. Had Colonists taken any interest, there were many stories of the past close at hand. One of them, a recollection of an 8 year old, was recounted in The Weekend Magazine in 1968. Duncan McLean, as told by Eric Wells, reminisces about his experiences beofre and during his time as captive of the Plains Cree in 1885. For his story click here