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The EID Historical Park in Scandia will welcome a new addition next month when the Jenner CPR station is moved into the complex. It stems from a project initiated

by the Canadian Badlands a few years ago when research was done to identify unique industries and potential tourist attractions. At that time the bee industry was seen as making Scandia unique. The Bee All That You Can Bee committee was formed to help promote this unique aspect of the village.Work was done to paint the skating shack with black and yellow stripes. “It woke up the community and people knew something was happening,” says Sharon Fisk, who sits on that committee. Group members decided to apply for grant funding to take on another project to recognize work done by Scandia native Carl Anderson. He was known for his negotiations with CPR to take the at-that-time failing irrigation system off their hands. The application consisted of finding an historic CPR station, moving it to the EID Park in Scandia and restoring it, as well as creating a documentary about Anderson. Approval was given earlier this year and the committee received $233,500 for the project. “That’s when we went on a search,” says Fisk,

about trying to find a CPR station which could be moved. A bid was placed on a station in Bassano but was unsuccessful. Then committee members heard about a CPR station in Jenner. “We thought it would fit well,” adds Fisk. The owners of the building were contacted and negotiations with them were a success. The building

PRAIRIE POST - Friday, October 28, 2011 - B9 Jenner CPR station set to be moved to Scandia

The film will be shown in the building in a theatre, especially to students who visit the park. “The education for the school kids in

particular is immeasurable,” says Fisk. She adds if it weren’t for Carl Anderson negotiating with the CPR and getting the irrigation system up and running, southern Alberta wouldn’t exist in the way it does today known for its beet and potato production. “We don’t feel he’s ever been properly

recognized,” says Fisk. A book called Ground Work, talks

This former CPR station which sits in Jenner will be relocated to the EID Park in Scandia Nov. 1.

is set to be moved from Jenner to Scandia’s EID Park on Nov. 1. The plan is to extend the tracks

which already exist in the park and have them run in front of the station.With the other buildings on site, including a store, church, barn, and blacksmith shop, it is hoped a turn of the century street can be created. The former CPR station was built in 1910 and

officials want to keep it as historical as possible, other than electricity and washrooms being added to the building.

Electricians and plumbers are lined up to work and

the footings are ready. There will be a partial eight- foot basement and two crawl spaces on either side. The individuals who owned the CPR station actually have a film background, so they will be creating the docudrama about Anderson, the CPR building and how the project to move the building from Jenner to Scandia came about.

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about Anderson’s contributions, but Fisk is excited to see a documentary made which people can watch and see just how important a historical figure he was. The CPR building will also have a space which can be used for meetings. Currently, the EID Park is open

from May to September. Earl Taylor Day is one of the biggest celebrations taking place the third Sunday in August every year.

Between 300 to 400 people attend and enjoy hay rides, demonstrations and a roast beef dinner. “With this (CPR) building, we hope to have year-

round activities,” says Fisk. “We want to have more school tours and cater to people in the community.” Those involved with this project are grateful to the

government for funding the initiative and the Canadian Badlands for helping start the work. “We’re grateful to the Province of Alberta for funding this type of historical education so we can keep our history alive,” says Fisk, adding the resources the Canadian Badlands provides are invaluable to small communities. “The Canadian Badlands worked closely with us ... and brought the community together to work on this project. (There’s) pride instilled in our community because of this project.”

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