|Town of Turner Valley|
|Census Division||No. 6|
|Municipal district||M.D. of Foothills No. 31|
|• Village||February 23, 1930|
|• Town||September 1, 1977|
|• Mayor||Kelly Tuck|
|• Governing body||Turner Valley Town Council|
|• Total||5.45 km2 (2.10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,215 m (3,986 ft)|
|• Density||397.6/km2 (1,030/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Mountain Standard (UTC-7)|
|Postal Code||T0L 2A0|
Turner Valley is a town in the Calgary Region of Alberta, Canada within the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31. It is located on Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail), 3 km (1.9 mi) west of Black Diamond and approximately 60 km (37 mi) southwest of Calgary.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Turner Valley had a population of 2,167 living in 888 of its 934 total dwellings, a 13.6% change from its 2006 population of 1,908. With a land area of 5.45 km2 (2.10 sq mi), it had a population density of 397.6/km2 (1,029.8/sq mi) in 2011.
In 2006, Turner Valley had a population of 1,908 living in 794 dwellings, an 18.7% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 5.45 km2 (2.10 sq mi) and a population density of 350.1/km2 (907/sq mi).
Recreation venues include the 18-hole semi-private Turner Valley Golf and Country Club, outdoor Dr. Lander Memorial Pool, an outdoor rink and skateboard park, and Friendship Trail, 3 km (1.9 mi) paved link to nearby Black Diamond.
William Herron, a rancher from nearby Okotoks, gathered investors from local luminaries such as Senator James Lougheed, R.B. Bennett and A.E. Cross. Herron himself lacked the technical expertise to drill Turner Valley's fossil-fuel that was some 800 meters underground. Herron recruited drilling expert Archibald Dingman, a 19th-century American veteran from Pennsylvania.
On May 14, 1914, A.W. Dingman struck gas near Turner Valley. For six years, the plant produced naphtha under local ownership. However, in 1920, the Turner Valley Gas Plant burned down. Herron's group could no longer afford to rebuild and operate the site. Imperial Oil bought Calgary Petroleum Products for its subsidiary Royalite Oil Co. and rebuilt the plant.
The plant ceased operations in 1985 and was turned over to the provincial government. Since that time, it has been plagued by vandalism, floods and internal hazards such as asbestos insulation, soil contamination, and mercury leaks from old equipment. Due to a flood in 2003, public visits were discontinued and work to restore the plant for a 2014 centennial celebration has been underway since. It is estimated that, along with the $20 million spent on restoring the site, an additional $20 million will be needed to help get the site operational.
Students in kindergarten through grade 6 attend Turner Valley Elementary School. Junior and senior high school students attend Oilfields High School in Black Diamond.
- Laureen Harper, wife of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper
- Dwight Lodeweges, former professional soccer player
- Stanley A. Milner, Canadian businessman and former politician.
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- "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- The Cowboy Trail
- "Census shows strong growth". Okotoks Western Wheel. Great West Newspapers LP. July 22, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
- "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 15, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Turner Valley - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-13.
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