Duhamel, Alberta

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Location of Duhamel in Alberta

Duhamel is a hamlet in the central Alberta, Canada within Camrose County.[1] It is located on Highway 21, approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of Edmonton and 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Camrose, Duhamel's closest major trading centre.

History[edit]

The early trading post of Duhamel was situated 2-3 miles northwest of the hamlet's current site, directly on the main local fording of the Battle River. Around 1886, the post was moved to the site where Highway 21 now crosses the river (52°57′N 112°58′W / 52.950°N 112.967°W / 52.950; -112.967 (Duhamel Crossing)). The trading post was a key point for exchange between the First Nations people, the fur traders, and the Hudson's Bay Company.

A church was built in 1883 and visited by Bishop Grandin who named the settlement after Joseph-Thomas Duhamel.[2]

In 1910, Duhamel moved to its present location on the newly constructed Grand Trunk Pacific rail line from Tofield to Calgary. The Duhamel/Battle River rail bridge was one of the largest wooden rail bridges ever constructed, at 3,972 feet (1210 m) in length and 120 feet (32 m) in height.

Geography[edit]

Nearby communities include:

Demographics[edit]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Duhamel had a population of 30 living in 12 of its 15 total dwellings, a -14.3% change from its 2006 population of 35. With a land area of 1.29 km2 (0.50 sq mi), it had a population density of 23/km2 (60/sq mi) in 2011.[3]

The population of Duhamel according to Camrose County's 2008 municipal census is 31.[4]

Crop circles[edit]

Crop circles appeared in a farmer's field in Duhamel in 1967. At the time, crop circles were virtually unknown. The discovery of the circles was preceded by reports of UFO sightings around the town.

A farmer by the name of Schielke discovered the strange occurrence on Saturday, August 5, 1967, after a night of heavy rains. This was the first time he had been to his fields in weeks, so the circles could have appeared at any time during that period. The circles were composed of four circular marks approximately 30 feet (9.1 m) in diameter. Mr. Schielke always stressed that the marks could not have been made by his equipment, and he did not believe in UFOs.

The marks varied from five to seven inches wide, and the smallest circular mark was 31 ft., 9 in. in diameter. Three of the rings were essentially circular, with the largest mark being slightly elliptical, varying from 34 ft., 5 in. to 36 ft., 3 in. There were no exhaust blasts, scorch marks or disturbances of the soil, and vegetation within the circles had apparently been removed by the object that made the marks. The official investigation report implies that the marks were most likely left by a 135-ton aircraft or spacecraft.[5]

This case is described as "unsolved" by Canada's Department of National Defence.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities". Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  2. ^ Hambly, J.R. Stan (1974). The Battle River Country: An Historical Sketch of Duhamel and District. Duhamel Historical Society. p. 23. 
  3. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  4. ^ Camrose County (2010-07-25). "Camrose County Census 2008". Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  5. ^ Unidentified Flying Objects: The Search for the Unknown at Library and Archives Canada

Coordinates: 52°54′56″N 112°57′48″W / 52.91556°N 112.96333°W / 52.91556; -112.96333