Our Edmonton kicking it old school with 10 epiphanies from our past
Looking for trivia to wow at that next dinner party? We're hooking you up with some facts from the past
Previous editions of Our Edmonton's annual history shows were hosted in hotspots such as Government House or the Magrath Mansion.
This year Our Edmonton is landing at the oldest branch of the Edmonton Public Library.
Return a book late and you faced a fine of two cents a day.
The brick and limestone building, constructed in the English Renaissance style, contained a men-only smoking and reading room, an auditorium and two fireplaces to keep its patrons warm.
10 things you might not know about our past
- Edmonton's Blatchford Field became the first licensed municipal airport in Canada in 1927.
- In 1969, a hamburger was tabled in protest of the cafeteria food at the Alberta legislature. The clerk had it encased in resin and it now resides in the legislature library.
- The house is the message in Edmonton's Highlands neighbourhood. The childhood home of Marshall McLuhan, the famous philosopher of media theory, is open to the public.
- During the Second World War, landlocked prairie cities like Edmonton recruited more than 3,500 sailors to serve at centres like HMCS Nonsuch.
- Alberta has its own wildfire mascot. Bertie Beaver was a gift to the forest service from Walt Disney in 1958 for help in shooting films in the Kananaskis region.
- Government House is more than just a backdrop for wedding and graduation photos. Since it opened in 1913 it's been a boarding house for road workers and a veterans hospital.
- When the C & E Railway ran back in 1897, passengers paid $9.60 to travel between Edmonton and Calgary — a 20-hour journey.
- The Edmonton civil defence bunker, built in 1954, was designed to house local political and military leaders in the event of an attack and still stands today.
- Ever seen a sentinel up close? The St. Albert Grain Elevator Park has two restored buildings dating from 1906 to 1929.
- After the Rolling Stones rented rehearsal space in the Winspear Centre for Music in 1997, curtains had to be dry cleaned three times to remove the smell of cigar smoke.
Watch for more trivia on Our Edmonton from the Strathcona branch of the Edmonton Public Library Saturday at 10 a.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. and Monday at 11 a.m. on CBC TV.