Edmontonians in the Spotlight – J.E. Brazeau, pt. 2

1846 Fort, Edmontonians In The Spotlight

Welcome back to our Spotlight on a denizen of Edmonton (and Rocky Mountain House, and St. Albert!) whose name is known to many but whose story is known to few. It is a story of legacy and of connections “ to outsiders, to Aboriginals, and to family. Last time, we looked at the genial American-born fur trader Joseph Edward Brazeau’s …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – J.E. Brazeau, Pt 1.

1846 Fort, Edmontonians In The Spotlight

If you’ve ever driven through west central Alberta, you’ve probably been to Brazeau County. Last time I passed through, I wondered aloud about this eccentric fur trader who had so many things named after him. Thus this week’s addition to our Spotlight series! Our question: what makes a man remembered? Our period: the mid-19th century, when fur traders in Aboriginal …