Redwater was considered a farming area until Imperial Oil Ltd discovered oil on Hilton Cook's farm in October 1948. There was a boom in the economy and the population grew from 160 to over 4000 during the height of the boom. The original "Discovery Well" is now a landmark in the centre of the town, and the oil discovery is commemorated each August during Discovery Days. Almost 50 years after its discovery the Redwater field remains one of Canada's largest oilfields. The area is also a centre for petrochemical developments.
Author DEBORAH WELCH AND MICHAEL PAYNE
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