is a community in what is now west Edmonton
. At one time, it was an independent municipality
known as the Town
of Jasper Place.
Following the Second World War
, its population swelled rapidly. With virtually no industrial base of its own, an increasing demand for services by the growing population, and the annexation of the land east of the modern 149 Street by the City of Edmonton, the independent existence of the municipality was at risk. Deeply in debt, the town was amalgamated
with Edmonton on August 17, 1964. "With amalgamation, the City of Edmonton assumed Jasper Place's bonded indebtedness of $8.177 million, the town's infrastructure and responsibility for all public services such as sewer, water and transportation."
The town fell within an area bounded by 149 Street on the east, 170 Street on the west, the North Saskatchewan River
on the south, and 118 Avenue on the north. At the time of its amalgamation, it was the largest town in Canada.
The coordinates at top of this Wiki page go to the former administrative municipal centre, marked by the town hall, fire station and Butler Memorial Park at Stony Plain Road
and 157 street.
In the early days, Jasper Place was home to a few hundred homesteaders, who lived a meagre life raising a few animals and tending gardens. Houses lacked the amenities of modern life, including electricity, flush toilets, and running water. Water was trucked out to... Read More