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Oil, Discovery

The discovery of oil at Turner Valley in 1913 was the beginning of Alberta's oil industry. Further exploration began almost immediately but did not make a lot of money for the province. What is especially important about Turner Valley is that it sparked continued exploration for oil and natural gas, including the historic discovery of the Leduc oil field on February 13, 1947. No other event in recent history has accomplished more to change the economic, political and social climate of Alberta.

British American Oil Company Personnel, ca. 1947

British American Oil Company Personnel, ca. 1947

Imperial Leduc #1 Well

Imperial Leduc #1 Well