The etymology of a street name comes from various identifications. Some come from natural surroundings: a river, common birds or indigenous trees, as found in various neighbourhoods like Eagle Ridge and Parsons Creek. The Beyond Franklin series explores Fort McMurray’s historical figures and local dignitaries, and why their mark on the community was rewarded with a street named after them.
- August 7, 2019 Canadian flying ace legend lives on in Fort McMurray Canadian aviation pioneer Punch Dickins made his mark in the Wood Buffalo region for delivering the first airmail to the Northwest Territories (NWT) on January 23, 1929. Dickins was born on January 12, 1899, in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and moved ...Read More
- July 26, 2019 Paving the focus to commercial oil sands product Draper Road is one of Fort McMurray’s most predominant ones as it connects Waterways to the community of Draper. It was also where one of the city’s earliest innovators once lived. Thomas Draper is recorded as the first entrepreneur to pave the ...Read More
- July 13, 2019 When Railway Comes to McMurray Railway Avenue is solely named after its location and the railways’ local station when it operated out of the Waterways community in the early 1900s. In 1901, the population of Fort McMurray was twenty-eight residents. However, the signing of Treaty 8 with Chipewyan and Cree ...Read More
- July 8, 2019 The Home Address to Heritage Village Tolen Drive is a historically rich road in Fort McMurray as it starts at Heritage Park and leads over the Hangingstone River into Waterways. The location of Tolen Drive is close to some of the first neighbourhoods built in Fort McMurray in the early 20th ...Read More
- June 14, 2019 Franklin Avenue lies in the heart of Fort McMurray’s downtown core and its where the early development of businesses and residential buildings settled. According to the Fort McMurray Heritage Society, Franklin Avenue became the main street after the rebuild from the 1934 fire. During this time, it was a ...Read More
- May 22, 2019 By Dawn Booth May – it’s a historical month for the city of Fort McMurray. It was the same month it was founded by Henry J. Moberley in 1870. Back then, the hamlet surrounded the fur trading post developed by the Hudson Bay Company. Moberley named it after William McMurray, ...Read More