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Danish, Settlement

The first Danish settlers in Alberta arrived at the turn of the century (1899-1900). Like many of the pioneers who moved to the prairies during this period, the Danes were attracted to the area by CPR (railroad) land agents and a huge advertising campaign sponsored by Canadian government.

In 1902, Jens and Harry Larsen travelled to Alberta from Omaha, Nebraska, to see if the advertised area was suitable for Danish settlement. Upon returning, they reported the region to be rich in forests, grazing land and wildlife. The next year, several Danish families moved from Nebraska to settle near Innisfail and Red Deer, ultimately founding the community of Dickson.

Walter Frantzen, Nanton, Alberta

Walter Frantzen, Nanton, Alberta