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All About Edmonton
Edmonton is celebrating its 100th birthday as a city in 2004, but its roots as a European settlement go back more than 200 years to 1795 and the establishment of Edmonton House, a fur trading post on the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton's growth began in earnest with the arrival of the Calgary & Edmonton railway on the south side of the river in 1891.

It was incorporated as a city in 1904 and when Alberta became a full-fledged province of Canada in 1905, Edmonton was chosen to be the provincial capital. In the first half of the 20th century, Edmonton became a major transportation centre with the completion of the transcontinental Canadian National Railway. Bush pilots operating out of Blatchford Field (now the City Centre Airport) in the 1920s and 1930s were pioneers of Canada's aviation industry who opened the Far North.

With the discovery of oil in Leduc county in 1947, a boom began that would triple the population of the region over the next 50 years. Edmonton became the city that got the job done, as the oil boom gave birth to major manufacturing, engineering and construction companies.

The University of Alberta became a major centre for research, which led to the first development of the oilsands in northeastern Alberta in the 1970s. It was during this period that the thriving city we know today emerged, with the opening of the international airport, construction of a modern city centre, the development of West Edmonton Mall and the triumphant arrival of the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League.

Historical Highlights
1795 First Edmonton House established
1802 Fort Edmonton moved near today's Rossdale Power Plant
1861 Father Lacombe establishes St. Albert north of Fort Edmonton
1874 North West Mounted Police arrive
1881 First public school opens
1885 First telephone service
1891 Calgary and Edmonton railway completed to south side; community of South Edmonton established
1892 Edmonton incorporated as town
1897 Klondike Gold Rush
1899 South Edmonton incorporated as town and renamed Strathcona
1902 Low Level Bridge opens; Edmonton gets rail connection to Strathcona and beyond
1904 Edmonton incorporated as city
1905 Alberta becomes province
1906 Edmonton confirmed as Alberta's capital
1908 University of Alberta opens
1908 Edmonton installs continent's first automatic dialling phones
1913 High Level Bridge and Alberta Legislature building open
1923 Edmonton begins use of natural gas
1929 Emily Murphy and four others succeed in having Canadian women declared persons under Canadian constitution
1947 Imperial Oil strikes black gold at Leduc
1954 Edmonton Eskimos win first of 11 Grey Cups, signifying Canadian Football League championship
1955 Sherwood Park established east of Edmonton
1960 Edmonton International Airport begins operations
1978 Edmonton's Light Rail Transit system commences operation
1978 Edmonton hosts the Commonwealth Games
1981 West Edmonton Mall, Phase 1, opens (Phase 2 opens in 1983, Phase 3 in 1985, Phase 4 in 1999
1983 Edmonton hosts World University Games
1984 Edmonton Oilers win first of five NHL Stanley Cups
1987 Tornado kills 27 people in city
1993 New city hall opens
2001 City is the first in North America to host the World Championships in track and field
2004 City celebrates its centennial