Lacombe is a farming community established by pioneers and homesteaders in the late 1880’s, with a regional history that is intricately tied to its rural roots. The City of Lacombe was first incorporated as a village in 1896, and became a town in 1902.
Its settlement began in 1883, when Ed Barnett, a retired North-West Mounted Police officer built a cabin and barn on land given to him on the C & E Trail in recognition of his years of service. Originally called Siding 12 and Barnett’s Landing by early pioneers and settlers, Lacombe was named after Father Albert Lacombe (b.1827 – d.1916), a French-Canadian Catholic missionary who was a well-known figure in the communities along the C & E trail. Father Lacombe is remembered for his role in brokering peaceful agreements between members of the Blackfoot and Cree Nations and the Canadian Pacific Railway.
MUSEUM & HERITAGE IN THE CITY OF LACOMBE
The City of Lacombe has three Museums in walking distance from each other in its historic downtown; The Flatiron Museum and Interpretive Centre, The Michener House Museum, and the Blacksmith Shop. They are operated by the Lacombe & District Historical Society, a non-profit community organization. Information about the society and the Museums can be found online at mhma3.blogspot.ca.
ALBERTA’S MURAL CAPITAL & BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
Proud of its roots, Lacombe has literally ‘painted the town’ with images showcasing its history. Murals by artist Tim Giles adorn the sides and backs of buildings throughout the historic downtown area and depict local street scenes drawn from archival photographs. Lacombe’s downtown boasts six Designated Provincial Historic Buildings and the most intact concentration of Edwardian Buildings in the Province.
LACOMBE LOVES HERITAGE
Lacombe is home to many historic homes, buildings and sites. View the complete Municipal Heritage Inventory online by clicking on the Heritage preservation link on the City of Lacombe’s planning department page at www.lacombe.ca or visit Lacombe Heritage on Facebook to learn more!
SPECIAL HERITAGE DAY IN LACOMBE
Start your day with a delicious coffee and treat at Kavaccino’s located in an old Dutch home adorned with a lovely mural. Next, take a guided walking tour starting at Michener House Museum next door and end at the Flatiron Building, both are designated provincial historic buildings.
Stop for lunch at the Morrison House or Stopping House, both located in beautiful private heritage homes. Afterwards, peruse and browse our antiques stores, used book store or take a drive discovering the heritage homes located throughout the downtown area or various historic sites located in Lacombe County. End the day with a real treat, supper at Salt restaurant located in the historic Kent House and enjoy delicious foods made with local ingredients.
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the murals and Lacombe’s beautiful historic downtown or pick up a Self-Guided Walking Tour brochure or booklet at the Museums. For more information about the walking tour visit mhma3.blogspot.ca
Learn more about the mural project at www.lacombe.ca or take a mural tour of Central Alberta at www.muralroutes.com.