Commerce, Alberta

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Commerce
Coalgate (1912–1913)
Former village
Commerce is located in Alberta
Commerce
Commerce
Location of Commerce in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°55′01″N 112°56′20″W / 49.917°N 112.939°W / 49.917; -112.939Coordinates: 49°55′01″N 112°56′20″W / 49.917°N 112.939°W / 49.917; -112.939
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district Lethbridge County
Founded[1] 1912
Incorporated (village)[1] July 9, 1912
Name change[1] December 17, 1913
Dissolved[2] May 13, 1926
Government
 • Governing body County of Lethbridge Council
Time zone MST (UTC-7)

Commerce is a former village in southern Alberta, Canada within Lethbridge County. It was located within township 9, range 22, west of the fourth meridian,[3] northwest of the City of Lethbridge between the Village of Nobleford and the Town of Picture Butte. It was known as the Village of Coalgate from 1912 to 1913.

History[edit]

The community was founded in 1912 as a residential area for the Chinook coal mine northwest of Lethbridge.[1] It was incorporated as the Village of Coalgate on July 9, 1912. The village was renamed to Commerce on December 17, 1913 to reflect the name of its post office.[1] Its population in 1913 was 294,[4] and it reached a population of 360 in 1921.[3]

The Chinook coal mine closed on January 25, 1924,[1] and its population declined to an estimated 100 in 1924[5] and an estimated 50 in 1925.[6] The village subsequently dissolved on May 13, 1926.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "County Connection – County History Corner" (PDF). County of Lethbridge. Spring 2011. p. 12. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  2. ^ a b "The Alberta Gazette, 1926 (Volume 22) – Disorganization of the Village of Commerce". Government of Alberta. p. 348. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Census of Canada, 1921. Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1921. 
  4. ^ "Population Data 1913" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1913. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Population Data 1924" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1924. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Population Data 1925" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1925. Retrieved 2011-07-24.