Academic journal article Alberta History

Land Office Rush

Academic journal article Alberta History

Land Office Rush

Article excerpt

The spring rush has hit the land office this week, and all parties who have business to do are advised to get there early and be prepared to do it on the short order plan. There is no time for unnecessary formalities. Just as an indication of what is taking place in the Edmonton district, even at this early date, there were 308 homestead entries made during the month ending February 28, the most ever entered for in any February in Edmonton's history, and 152 more than last year in the same month, or within four of being twice as many.

Figured on a basis of families, three hundred homesteaders represent an increased population for the Edmonton district of over 1,000 people. But this is by no means representative of the number of people who have settled in the district within the past month. For the first time in the history of the country, people are going away beyond the survey and squatting on lands out along the Athabasca river and as far away as the Peace. …

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