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Lacombe, Settlement

Lacombe is a small town located about 20 minutes north of Red Deer, Alberta. It was named in 1893 by railway officials to honour Father Albert Lacombe, an outstanding Roman Catholic Missionary who was accepted as a friend by the aboriginals in the area. Settlement of the community started in 1883.

By the time the Calgary and Edmonton Railway (later named the Canadian Pacific Railway) reached Lacombe in 1891 there were 19 adults and 16 children populating the area. In 1893 the present townsite had a population of approximately 25 people, and by 1900 this had increased to about 100 and was considered to be larger than Red Deer.

The small village was contructed July 28, 1896 and incorporated as a town May 10, 1902. By 1907 the population of Lacombe began to increase at a great pace.

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Cities and Towns of Central Alberta

Home at Lacombe

Home at Lacombe

Father Alberta Lacombe

Father Alberta Lacombe