Davidson's business district
|Nickname(s): Community In Motion|
|Census division||No. 11|
|Rural Municipality||No. 252|
|Post Office established||1903|
|Village Incorporated||March 7, 1904|
|Town Incorporated||November 15, 1906|
|• Mayor||Clayton J. Schneider|
|• Governing body||Davidson Town Council|
|• Land||4.49 km2 (1.73 sq mi)|
|• Density||228.4/km2 (592/sq mi)|
|Postal code||S0G 1A0|
Last Mountain Lake
Davidson is a town in south central Saskatchewan, Canada. It is located 104 kilometres (65 mi) southeast of Saskatoon beside provincial highway 11, in the rural municipality of Arm River. It is located almost exactly halfway between Saskatoon and Regina, and was a popular stopping-off point for travellers before Highway 11 was rerouted east of the town.
In 1902 Colonel Andrew Duncan Davidson, an enthusiastic entrepreneur from Glencoe, Ontario, came to Saskatchewan in hopes of creating a 'midway' settlement between the cities of Regina and Saskatoon. With agriculture as one of his driving passions, Davidson through the Saskatchewan Valley Land Company purchased 700,000 acres (2,800 km2) from the railway and the federal government in an area where the soil was particularly suitable for grain farming. Davidson organized a train route that travelled from Chicago to Saskatoon; making one stop in Davidson on the way. This train route brought American bankers, entrepreneurs and newspapermen in hopes of starting up new businesses in the area. With the expansion of the community underway, Davidson also managed to sell more than 180,000 acres (730 km2) of land in the area.
Within a short period of time, Davidson, which was declared the name of the community, was nicknamed the 'Midway Town' because of its central location. On November 15, 1906, Davidson was officially declared a town.
During World War II the Royal Canadian Air Force built and operated No. 23 Elementary Flying Training School as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan on a site 7 km southeast of Davidson. The school opened on 9 November 1942 and moved to Yorkton, Saskatchewan on 29 January 1945.
The airfield was located at Davidson Municipal Airport which is adjacent to the town.and should not be confused with
Davidson Elementary School and Davidson High School were formerly part of the Davidson School Division, which also included schools in the communities of Kenaston, Craik and Eyebrow. As of January 1, 2006, DES and DHS are part of the Sun West School Division. In a small community, the school is at its core. This allows many opportunities for the community to get actively involved in the school and vice versa. Some of the partnerships between the school and the community include working for "Communities in Bloom," contributing to the recycling program at SARCAN, and planting trees around the newly established walking trail. Davidson School's mission statement is "Developing, Encouraging, Succeeding; Creating the Future"
The community newspaper is the Davidson Leader, publishing since 1904.
- Hockey, baseball, fitness, curling, figure skating, dance, gymnastics and riding are some of the activities offered to members of the community. Davidson has been dubbed as "The Community in Motion".
- Davidson is home to the nine hole Davidson Golf and Country Club.
- A newly renovated swimming pool beside the local campground offers swimming lessons.
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