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Beyond Franklin

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.

  • Beyond Franklin: Dickins Drive

    August 7, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Dickins Drive
    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 ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Draper Road

    July 26, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Draper Road
    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 ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Railway Avenue

    July 13, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Railway Avenue
    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 ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Tolen Drive

    July 8, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Tolen Drive
    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 ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: Franklin Avenue

    June 14, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: Franklin Avenue
    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 ...
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  • Beyond Franklin: The Street Names of Fort McMurray

    May 22, 2019 Dawn BoothBeyond Franklin: The Street Names of Fort McMurray
    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, ...
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Disclaimer: The A-Team is a team of associates at Walsh Real Estate (2010) Ltd o/a RE/MAX® Fort McMurray, 9919 Biggs Avenue, Fort McMurray, Alberta, T9H 1S2. Each office is independently owned and operated. The licensed associates are Tom Albrecht, Breanna Albrecht, Denise Hildebrand, Aaron Chalmers, Erin Ogren, Heather McCandless, and Rita Sobkowich. Eric Dunham, mortgage specialist with RBC®, is not affiliated. We also recommend Amanda Stuart at TD Bank® and Mariam Fawaz at Mortgages for Less®.

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