Collection Ath 95.11 - City of Edmonton Bicentennial Dogsled Postal Run

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City of Edmonton Bicentennial Dogsled Postal Run

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Historic Dogsled Postal Run from Athabasca to Edmonton

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  • Attributions and conjectures: Celebrating the City of Edmonton's 1995 Bicentennial, a historic dogsled postal run was staged between Athabasca Alberta and Fort Edmonton Park on February 11th, 1995. Canada Post recognized the event as an official postal run and it was enacted by Richard and Diane Smith of Rocky Mountain House with a dog team of 16 Siberian Huskies. They carried 200 letters for delivery to Fort Edmonton.

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  • February, 1995 (Creation)
    Richard and Diane Smith of Rocky Mountain House reenacted the dogsled postal run from Athabasca to Edmonton on February 11, 1995 to celebrate the Ciy of Edmonton's Bicentennial.

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Athabasca Archives

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Organizational materials from the City of Edmonton, City Manager Offices, Corporate Communications, City of Edmonton media releases, photo copies of newspaper and magazine articles describing the reenactment of the historic dogsled mail run, and a letter from Athabasca Archives to the City of Edmonton marked Edmonton: 200 Years of Building Together, Athabasca 11.02.95 Alta.

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Athabasca Archives


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A postal run from Athabasca to Edmonton was staged to commemorate the City of Edmonton's bicentennial on February 11, 1995 in partnership with Canada Post who recognized the event as an official postal run. It was completed by Richard and Diane Smith of Rocky Mountain House driving a team of 16 Siberian Huskies and they carried 200 commemorative envelopes for delivery to Fort Edmonton. They followed the Athabasca Landing Trail south to the North Saskatchewan River. The Landing Trail was used by early explorers, The Hudson's Bay Company, the North West Mounted Police and homesteaders.

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Ath 95.11

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  • English

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The Edmonton Journal, the Athabasca Advocate, and the City of Edmonton

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