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  • Xenia Stanford
    It was mentioned to me privately that the official version of the naming of the Louise Bridge according to Calgary City Archives is that it was named for
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 26, 2002
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      It was mentioned to me privately that the official version of the naming of
      the Louise Bridge according to Calgary City Archives is that it was named
      for Princess Louise. What I said "Also the photo archives tell us that
      Louise Bridge was named for the daughter of W.H. Cushing, Minister of Public
      Works" is true in that the Glenbow photo archives do state this.

      See photos as follows
      Image number: NA-1042-2
      Title: Old wooden Bow Marsh bridge, with new steel replacement, Calgary,
      Alberta.
      Date: 1906
      Remarks: New bridge was named Louise for daughter of W. H. Cushing, Minister
      of Public Works.

      Image number: NA-1042-3
      Title: Close view of newly built Louise bridge, Calgary, Alberta.
      Date: [ca. 1906]
      Remarks: New bridge was named Louise for daughter of W. H. Cushing, Minister
      of Public Works.
      Looking south, old wooden bridge on left.


      Also this has been picked up on the Cushing family website at
      http://www.geocities.com/wrcushing/ca/louise1878.html

      Louise Cushing (1877 according to census or 1878 according to family
      site -1906)did live in Calgary by 1896 when the bridge was so-named.

      The official version from a plaque at Calgary City Centre, Hillhurst
      ("Louise") Bridge
      http://mypage.uniserve.ca/~pricem/Plaques/Alberta/98-010.html reads as
      follows:
      Many bridges with different names have crossed the Bow River at this spot,
      the first being completed in 1888. With its construction the ferry crossing
      near Centre Street was no longer needed. After a flood washed out the first
      wooden bridge in 1896, a steel one - the Louise Bridge (named in honour of
      Princess Louise) - was built. By 1912 it proved inadequate and the
      Hillhurst Bridge was erected in 1922. The City renamed it the "Hillhurst
      (Louise) Bridge" in 1970 and renovated it in 1978.

      Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939)
      Father: Prince Albert Augustus Charles
      Mother: Victoria HANOVER, Queen of England
      Spouse: John CAMPBELL, Duke of Argyll
      Marriage: 21 MAR 1871, St. George Chap., Windsor, England

      Princess Louise and her husband then titled the Marquis de Lorne did spend
      1878-1883 in Canada and was to have the province named in her honour.
      Apparently she asked that it not be named Louise but Alberta, which was the
      part of her name given for her father Albert.

      Here is an explanation of the naming of Alberta after the Princess from the
      official website at http://www.assembly.ab.ca/lao/library/louise/canada.htm
      "In 1882, after much prodding by the Marquis of Lorne and consultation with
      Parliament, the Prime Minister announced that the districts of the Northwest
      Territories would be named Athabasca, Assiniboine, Saskatchewan, and
      Alberta.10 "Louise" was considered for the latter but "the Princess, who was
      devoted to the memory of her father preferred that the name which she had
      inherited from him should be given." It should be noted here that at later
      dates, a beautiful mountain lake, a nearby hamlet, a steam-boat, and a
      mountain, all located in the Province of Alberta, were named after the
      Princess as well.

      The best known site that is named after Princess Louise is Lake Louise. Lake
      Louise is located at the foot of Victoria Mountain in Banff National Park
      approximately 185 kilometres west of Calgary. This lake was discovered in
      1882 by Tom Wilson and was named Lake Louise in 1884. The "Gem of the
      Rockies," as it is sometimes called, is renowned for its quiet beauty and is
      one of Canada's best-known tourist attractions."

      So Princess or Calgary Mayor/Member of Alberta Legislature/Alberta -
      Minister of Public Works' daughter? Could make a good case for either.

      Xenia Stanford (president@...)
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