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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: Father Mercredi Street

Oct 16, 2019

Fort Chipewyan native becomes Alberta’s second First Nations minister Father Patrick Mercredi played an influential role in the Wood Buffalo region for becoming the second First...

Beyond Franklin: Moberly Crescent

Sep 30, 2019

A reflection on the man who named Fort McMurray – Henry John Moberly A builder, hunter, post manager, and, in his later years, a book author,...

Beyond Franklin: Manning Avenue

Sep 20, 2019

From farm boy to preacher in politics as Alberta’s premier The Manning name is often used for titles of streets, schools and centres across the province...

Beyond Franklin: Fraser Avenue

Sep 08, 2019

How the family of a piper populated the Prairies Located in the heart of Fort McMurray’s downtown core, Fraser Avenue recognizes some of Alberta’s...

Beyond Franklin: Hospital Street

Aug 21, 2019

A street surrounding the health care of the region Hospital Street’s name comes from the location where the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s hospital –

Beyond Franklin: Dickins Drive

Aug 07, 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...

Beyond Franklin: Draper Road

Jul 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...

Beyond Franklin: Railway Avenue

Jul 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

Beyond Franklin: Tolen Drive

Jul 08, 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...

Beyond Franklin: Franklin Avenue

Jun 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...


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