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Drumheller was named, after Col. Samuel Drumheller who purchased the townsite in 1910 and opened a coal mine. That year the population was 50, but it reached 2,000 by 1920, mainly due to the area's coal mines. It became known as the "Wonder Town of the West-the Fastest Growing Town in Canada." The downtown boomed with the development of the coal industry after WWI. As oil and gas replaced coal during the 1950s, the valley's economy focussed on agriculture.

Drumheller is the gateway to the "Dinosaur Trial" which winds its way through the Badlands. Tourism became more important with the opening of the Royal Tyrell Museum in 1985.

Downtown Drumheller

Downtown Drumheller