Collection jas-2553 - Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society Jasper Park Lodge photograph collection

The Hart family in front of a log cabin at the Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper National Park, Alberta The Hart family at the Jasper Park Lodge construction site, Jasper National Park, Alberta. A cowboy at Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Percy Rossiter at Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper National Park, Alberta. The Canadian Armed Forces and their vehicles at Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper National Park, Alberta. The Cook house at Jasper Park Lodge construction camp, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Construction crew working on the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Construction crew working on the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Construction crew working on the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Golfers at the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course, Jasper National Park, Alberta.
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Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society Jasper Park Lodge photograph collection

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JAS jas-2553

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  • [191-?]-1965 (Creation)
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    Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society, collector

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42 photographs : b&w prints

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The Jasper Historical Society was formed in 1963 by a group of interested members that included Fred Brewster, Constance Peterson as the first historian and Mel Taylor as the first president. The Society was later named the Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society (JYHS). The Society was incorporated in 1977. Monthly meetings included guest speakers, films, field trips relating to local and national history. The objectives of the Society are to encourage the study of the history of Alberta in general and Jasper in particular; and to locate, preserve and mark the local points of historical interest. The first archives and Society office was established in the Municipal Library in 1974. Planning for a permanent Museum and Archives began in 1978; in 1985 a partially completed building on Pyramid Lake Road was purchased and renovated. The Archives moved into the lower floor in 1990; the Museum opened on the upper floor in 1992. The Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives reports to the Board of Directors of the Society.

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In the early 1960s the Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society began collecting photographs on various subjects pertaining to Jasper's history. These photographs relating to the Jasper Park Lodge were gathered from various sources to form this collection.

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This collection consists of photographs of Jasper Park Lodge. Included are views of: Tent City [191-?]; construction of the buildings (1922-1923); CNR officials in town for the opening [1922]; various guests (1920-1930); Canadian Armed Forces (1939-1945); construction camp (1928); construction of the golf course and golfing [1929]; employees [192-]; the main lodge prior to the fire [1923-1952]and various out-buildings.

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Jasper Park Lodge, currently situated on the shores of Lac Beauvert, was previously called "Tent City". Tent City, set up by Robert Kenneth, an Edmonton businessman, was comprised of eight large tents all with wooden floors and walls. Tent City opened on June 15, 1915. The camp closed during the war and re-opened in 1919 when it was bought by Fred and Jack Brewster. A log cabin was built as a kitchen and dining room for guests. In 1921, the Canadian National Railway took over the camp and immediately built eight temporary log bungalows. "Jasper Park Lodge" opened its doors in June 1922. Big plans were in the works for the hotel. An architect was brought in for the hotel and another for the planned golf course. During 1939-1945 the lodge closed but was used by the Canadian Armed Forces and the Lovat Scouts. The hotel was struck by disaster in 1952 when the large central lodge building was completely destroyed by fire. A new modern building was constructed the following year costing two million dollars. Many famous people have stayed at the lodge including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Bing Crosby, and numerous other movie stars working on films in the park, including Diana Shore, Jimmie Stewart and Ruth Roman.<br><br>Record No. ID10<br><br>

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