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
RegionSouthern Alberta
Census division2
Municipal districtMunicipal District of Taber
 • VillageJanuary 1, 1980
 • MayorJane Jensen
 • Governing bodyBarnwell Village Council
Area (2016)[3]
 • Land1.51 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Elevation835 m (2,740 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total947
 • Density625.6/km2 (1,620/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
HighwaysHighway 3
WebsiteOfficial 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 on Highway 3, 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.[4]

In the early 1900s the Mormon pioneers, migrating members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, colonized Barnwell as well as other Southern Alberta areas. "By 1911 Latter-day Saints had established eighteen new communities in southern Alberta, and 10,000 Saints, mostly farmers and their families, lived in the area of southwest Alberta alone."[5][6][4]


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Barnwell recorded a population of 947 living in 260 of its 266 total private dwellings, a 22.8% change from its 2011 population of 771. With a land area of 1.51 km2 (0.58 sq mi), it had a population density of 627.2/km2 (1,624.3/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

The population of the Village of Barnwell according to its 2015 municipal census is 960, a 18.2% change from its 2011 municipal census population of 812.[7]

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.[8]


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, along with five thriving businesses.[citation needed]

Notable residents[edit]

  • "Suicide Ted" Elder (1897-1981), was seven years the World Champion Trick and Fancy Rider from 1926 to 1932, his father Jonathan Pratt Elder was one of the founders of Barnwell.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Village of Barnwell" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 14, 2016. p. 50. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ a b LeBaron, Ellice; Kemper, Leona; Johnson, Beula; Anderson, Arvilla; Nielsen, Erma (1952), Barnwell History, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA: Edwards Brothers, Inc.
  5. ^ "Canada, LDS Pioneer Settlements in". Brigham Young University. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "Country information: Canada". Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  7. ^ Trevor Busch (June 24, 2015). "Barnwell's population nearing town status". The Taber Times. Alta Newspaper Group Limited Partnership. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  9. ^
  10. ^ True West, "Suicide Ted Elder" Milton Hinkle, June 1969, pages 40-42

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