“between two valleys”
|Municipal district||County of Forty Mile No. 8|
|• MP||Jim Hillyer|
|• MLA||Gary Bikman|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|Postal code span||NA|
|Historic Sites||Nemiscam Cemetery|
Nemiscam, or Nemiskam, is an unincorporated community within the County of Forty Mile No. 8 in southern Alberta, Canada. The community is about 5 km east of Foremost and west of Etzikom, Alberta on Highway 61 and is administered by the County of Forty Mile No. 8.
Originally Nemiskam started off as a small community named Bingham located 1 km southwest of the new town site. Due to the bypassing of the railway the citizens of Bingham decided to settle in Nemiskam, some even bringing their homes, and businesses with them. During the community's prosperous years the community had a community hall, four grain elevators, a school, and a service station.
Beginning in the 1960s Nemiskam's population was at a total of 54 residents, a few years after in 1966 the town's population went down to just 17 people. Today many of the original buildings and residents have once again picked up and moved to find better way of life, most moving to Foremost some even bringing their homes with them. In the early 1990s, the dying community would suffer another loss – its four grain elevators – leaving the community in a ghost town state with only 6 buildings left.
For many years Nemiskam or Nemiscam has had many disputes over the different ways of spelling the community’s name. People and map companies of today spell the name with a “C” but many older folk like to spell it with a “K” as it was originally spelled on the towns long gone grain elevators, and community hall, Nemiskam with a “K” is native for “between two valleys”.
- County of Forty Mile http://www.municipalaffairs.gov.ab.ca/cfml/profiles/data/0118_1.htm
- Ghost Towns of Alberta by Johnnie Bachusky (Nemiskam) http://www.ghosttownpix.com/alberta/intro.html