Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Centennial Birthday!

Front of the Stampede Program, 1912
Back of Stampede
Program, 1912
As the entire World must know by now, the Calgary Stampede is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Before the centennial celebrations begin on July 6th (less than 11 days away!), we thought a sneak-peak into the first "Calgary Stampede" is in order.

The first Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Parade, 1912
Guy Weadick; founder of the
Calgary Exhibition and Stampede
Since its commencement on September 2nd, 1912, this event has drawn millions of people from all over the world to celebrate Canada's Western culture. In 2009, officials estimated that the City of Calgary's economic gross impact from the Stampede was $172.4M, indicating that the event does not only provide entertainment for visitors and locals but a wealthier Calgary as well.

British Royalty also enjoyed the first Stampede;
Princess Patricia & the Duchess of Connaught
Hazel Walker on "Buttons"
A cowboy is thrown off "Cyclone"

The old, 1912's Midway of the Calgary Stampede

Ferris-Wheel of the first Stampede

How the "Indian Village" used to be
A line-up of First Nations at the first ever Stampede

Crowds at the Grandstand

A team of trained Buffalo

Old Simmons Building in the East Village, in its original form
The Stampede, however, is not the only century-old occasion worth mentioning; the construction of the Simmons Building in the East Village a hundred years ago, cannot be ignored. The building was actually built as the Alaska Western Bedding Company Limited Building, later becoming the Simmons Factory Warehouse Building it is still known as today. To acknowledge the building's birthday, along with the Stampede's birthday, the East Village will be hosting its first ever "Stampede Breakfast" on July 7th.

Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Grounds

[All pictures are from the Glenbow Museum Archives]

Glenbow Museum Archives

Calgary Stampede; Countdown

City of Calgary; Educational Cemetery Tours

EvExperience; Stampede Breakfast

CMLC; Heritage Buildings

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