Have you visited the Motordrome, current home to the Park’s restored 1920 Harley-Davidson?

1920 Street, Featured News, Interesting Objects

Harley-Davidson Company dates back to 1903, and grew to be one of the leading producers of American motorcycles alongside competing brands like Indian and Excelsior. Motorcycles, like this 1920 Harley Model 20F, appeared on the automotive scene in Edmonton, likely after the arrival of Edmonton’s very first motorcar in 1904. Side History of the Sidecar: When it came to that moment one had …

How to Clean a Bison Skull

1846 Fort, Interesting Objects

Warning: this blog post contains graphic images of animal processing.  This past season, a few of our interpreters got to try their hand at a rather unique historical experience “ cleaning a bison skull! In 1846 there were millions of Bison roaming the Canadian prairies, and they were a staple food for aboriginals and fur traders alike. At Fort Edmonton, …

Slaughterhouses & The Ford Model T

1920 Street, Interesting Objects

Today, July 23rd commemorates the 110th birthday of the first Ford Model T vehicle ever built. This vehicle is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile that opened up travel across the Americas for the middle-class citizen.  This was partly because of the Ford’s innovation of using assembly lines instead of individual hand crafting to build his vehicles, but as …