Barnwell, Alberta

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Village of Barnwell
Barnwell is located in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°45′37″N 112°15′45″W / 49.76028°N 112.26250°W / 49.76028; -112.26250Coordinates: 49°45′37″N 112°15′45″W / 49.76028°N 112.26250°W / 49.76028; -112.26250
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district Municipal District of Taber
 • Mayor Eric Jensen
 • Governing body Barnwell Village Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 1.49 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Elevation 835 m (2,740 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 771
 • Density 517.2/km2 (1,340/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Highways Highway 3
Website Official website

Barnwell is a village in southern Alberta, Canada. It is located 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Taber and 43 km (27 mi) east of Lethbridge along the Crowsnest Highway, in the Municipal District of Taber.


In the late 19th century, a boxcar was located on a rail siding in what is now Barnwell. It was used as a telegraph office for local settlers and the railroad, and the area was named Woodpecker. In 1908, the area was renamed Bountiful to correspond to the local school district. A short while later, it was renamed to Barnwell because another community already had the name of Bountiful. The name Barnwell came from William Barnwell, a longtime employee of the Canadian Pacific Railway.[3]

Many of the early settlers of the area were coal miners employed in mines nearby at the former community of Coal City. The mines closed in 1920, and miners left for the Crowsnest Pass and Drumheller.[citation needed]


In the 2011 Census, the Village of Barnwell had a population of 771 living in 213 of its 217 total dwellings, a 24.8% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 618. With a land area of 1.49 km2 (0.58 sq mi), it had a population density of 517.4/km2 (1,340.2/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

The population of the Village of Barnwell according to its 2011 municipal census is 812,[4] a 32.5% increase from its 2006 federal census population of 613.[5]

In 2006, Barnwell had a population of 613 living in 182 dwellings, an 11.9% increase from 2001. The village has an area of 0.90 km2 (0.35 sq mi) and a population density of 680.5/km2 (1,762/sq mi).[5]


Barnwell is a small community, but it has several attractions. There is a seniors centre, a skate park, a K-9 school, a public library, three parks and a church. Fewer than 5 businesses operate in Barnwell.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 13, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ Barnwell Relief Society (1952). Barnwell History. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "2011 Municipal Affairs Population List". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  5. ^ a b Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Barnwell - Community Statistics". Retrieved 2007-06-05. 

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