When one drives or walks through the downtown areas of Camrose you can’t help but notice the character and charm of many of the older homes. Some of them were built in 1905 even and when you look at the detail of architecture one can’t help but think… “it must have taken a long time to build a home back then”.


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The vision of a founder Francois Adam planned for the Main Street to be one hundred feet wide which resulted in a very open and spacious setting for the original buildings that were constructed. The building of the railway from Wetaskiwin to Sparling ( as first named Camrose was ) resulted in a busy community being established after Ole Bakken had come to this district from Ontario in the late 1800’s to claim land for the building of railways.

After the railway routes had been planned then the balance of the land was sold and sub-divisions began to enable construction of residential and commercial buildings in the early 1900’s. The name of Sparling was changed to Camrose because it was often confused with another village named Sperling. Camrose was chosen because of the many rose bushes that grew in the soil here.


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Take time when you can to walk the streets in our downtown area and you will see a plaque displayed on many homes that indicate the ownership historically. Also, on Main Street, many pedestal displays are in place to let people know the history of how it developed and grew. Preservation of history is very important wherever it is possible. Enjoy what we have!


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Dennis Johnson (having a passion for history and real estate)

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