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Beyond Franklin

The etymology of a street name comes from various identifications. Some come from natural surroundings: a river, common birds or indigenous trees, as found in various neighbourhoods like Eagle Ridge and Parsons Creek. The Beyond Franklin series explores Fort McMurray’s historical figures and local dignitaries, and why their mark on the community was rewarded with a street named after them.

  • Beyond Franklin: Father Mercredi Street

    October 16, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Father Mercredi Street
    Fort Chipewyan native becomes Alberta’s second First Nations minister Father Patrick Mercredi played an influential role in the Wood Buffalo region for becoming the second First Nations minister in Alberta’s history in 1934. Mercredi was born into the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation community in 1904 and came from a ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Moberly Crescent

    September 30, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Moberly Crescent
    A reflection on the man who named Fort McMurray – Henry John Moberly A builder, hunter, post manager, and, in his later years, a book author, Henry John Moberly is the man responsible for naming Fort McMurray. Today, his name remains in the community on Moberly Crescent, which is ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Manning Avenue

    September 20, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Manning Avenue
    From farm boy to preacher in politics as Alberta’s premier The Manning name is often used for titles of streets, schools and centres across the province to honour Alberta’s longest-standing premier – Honourable Ernest C. Manning. In Fort McMurray, the name is on Manning Avenue, which is in the city’s ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Fraser Avenue

    September 8, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Fraser Avenue
    How the family of a piper populated the Prairies Located in the heart of Fort McMurray’s downtown core, Fraser Avenue recognizes some of Alberta’s earliest settlers who populated the Edmonton area in the 1800s. Today, the Avenue is home to landmarks and facilities like the Rotary House Seniors Lodge, Chez ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Hospital Street

    August 21, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Hospital Street
    A street surrounding the health care of the region Hospital Street’s name comes from the location where the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s hospital – The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre (NLRHC) resides. The NLRHC is in Fort McMurray’s lower townsite area at 7 Hospital Street. It’s the community’s third ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Dickins Drive

    August 7, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Dickins Drive
    Canadian flying ace legend lives on in Fort McMurray Canadian aviation pioneer Punch Dickins made his mark in the Wood Buffalo region for delivering the first airmail to the Northwest Territories (NWT) on January 23, 1929. Dickins was born on January 12, 1899, in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and moved ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Draper Road

    July 26, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Draper Road
    Paving the focus to commercial oil sands product Draper Road is one of Fort McMurray’s most predominant ones as it connects Waterways to the community of Draper. It was also where one of the city’s earliest innovators once lived. Thomas Draper is recorded as the first entrepreneur to pave the ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Railway Avenue

    July 13, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Railway Avenue
    When Railway Comes to McMurray Railway Avenue is solely named after its location and the railways’ local station when it operated out of the Waterways community in the early 1900s. In 1901, the population of Fort McMurray was twenty-eight residents. However, the signing of Treaty 8 with Chipewyan and Cree ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Tolen Drive

    July 8, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Tolen Drive
    The Home Address to Heritage Village Tolen Drive is a historically rich road in Fort McMurray as it starts at Heritage Park and leads over the Hangingstone River into Waterways. The location of Tolen Drive is close to some of the first neighbourhoods built in Fort McMurray in the early 20th ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Franklin Avenue

    June 14, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Franklin Avenue
    Franklin Avenue lies in the heart of Fort McMurray’s downtown core and its where the early development of businesses and residential buildings settled. According to the Fort McMurray Heritage Society, Franklin Avenue became the main street after the rebuild from the 1934 fire. During this time, it was a ...
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Disclaimer: The A-Team is a team of associates at Walsh Real Estate (2010) Ltd o/a RE/MAX® Fort McMurray, 9919 Biggs Avenue, Fort McMurray, Alberta, T9H 1S2. Each office is independently owned and operated. The licensed associates are Tom Albrecht, Breanna Albrecht, Denise Hildebrand, Aaron Chalmers, Heather McCandless, and Rita Sobkowich. Eric Dunham, mortgage specialist with RBC®, is not affiliated. We also recommend Amanda Stuart at TD Bank® and Mariam Fawaz at Mortgages for Less®.

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