Leadership passed to his rival, the Reverend George Lloyd, after whom the colony's first town was named LLOYDMINSTER in July 1903. Despite initial setbacks, the Barr colonists opened up the vast area west of Saskatoon. In 1905, the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were created (see AUTONOMY BILLS), and the interprovincial boundary passed through Lloydminster.
Although the CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY, which arrived that year, placed its station on the less populated Alberta side, the colonists continued to develop the Saskatchewan side. Not until the 1970s oil boom, however, did the western portion match the eastern side.
Author FRANK W. ANDERSON
Links to Other Sites
View vintage photographs depicting inhabitants at work in the Barr Colony, near present day Lloydminster, Alberta. A Government of Alberta website.