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Carstairs, Settlement

Carstairs was named after a town in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The early settlers of the village were ranchers. With the arrival of the railway from Calgary in 1889, the settlers came to Carstairs in large groups. In 1901 the first school and church were built.

By the 1900s, Carstairs was growing as settlers began arriving in great numbers. The railway station - as it was the only building - was a busy centre of activity. Carstairs officially became a village in 1903. In 1904, the population was 101 people.

In 1906, 20 businesses were built and about 30 homes. Businesses included the Rosebud Creamery, a lumber company, two equipment dealers, a flour and feed store, the Methodist Church, the United Church, the Merchant Bank and a $10,000, four- room school.

Ranchers

Ranchers

Main Street

Main Street