|Village of Nobleford|
Nobleford's now demolished grain elevators
|Motto: Home of the Noble Blade|
|Census Division||No. 2|
|Municipal district||Lethbridge County|
|• Mayor||Don McDowell|
|• Governing body||Nobleford Village Council|
|• Total||1.54 km2 (0.59 sq mi)|
|Elevation||985 m (3,232 ft)|
|• Density||647.8/km2 (1,678/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
The hamlet of Noble was established in 1909. It was named after Charles S. Noble, who owned much land in the area and built many of the local buildings. In 1910, Noble moved his family to the area from Claresholm. The hamlet was renamed Nobleford in 1913, in order to differentiate from a town in Ontario.
In 1918, Nobleford was incorporated as a village with a population of 100, and its first mayor was Noble.
A major employer in Nobleford from the 1930s to 1998 was a cultivator factory established by Charles Noble, manufacturing variations of the Noble blade. This reduced-tillage plow was designed to cut weed roots below the soil surface without greatly disturbing the soil, thus minimizing moisture loss in the dry, windy climate of southern Alberta.
The village is governed by a council composed of a mayor, a deputy mayor, and three councillors.
In the 2011 Census, the Village of Nobleford had a population of 1,000 living in 334 of its 375 total dwellings, a 45.1% change from its 2006 population of 689. With a land area of 1.54 km2 (0.59 sq mi), it had a population density of 649.4/km2 (1,681.8/sq mi) in 2011. At its current population, Nobleford is one of the largest villages in the province and is eligible for town status. According to Alberta's Municipal Government Act, a village is eligible for town status when it reaches 1,000 residents.
The population of the Village of Nobleford according to its 2009 municipal census is 877.
In 2006, Nobleford had a population of 689 living in 228 dwellings, a 13.0% increase from 2001. The village has a land area of 1.17 km2 (0.45 sq mi) and a population density of 589.9 /km2 (1,528 /sq mi).
The village is served by Nobleford Central School, a K-12 public school that opened in 1949. It employs 15 teachers and several teaching assistants, and provides education to many of the children in the village and the surrounding rural area.
The Community Complex is one of the more popular recreational facilities in Nobleford. It houses a curling rink, a large meeting room and an auditorium; it is used for such events as dances weddings and various sports.
In addition, Nobleford is home to three baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, a climbing wall, a tennis court, a skating rink, a skate park and a picnic shelter and barbecue.
Nearby Keho Lake is a popular recreational destination, most well known among windsurfers and kiteboarders, and an important agricultural water reservoir. Anglers also frequent the lake, in which northern pike, walleye, and burbot can be found. Adjacent to the lake is a nine-hole golf course.
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