The Land Grant to the Calgary and Edmonton Railway Company
AbstractThis article uses archival records to study the litigation surrounding the land grant to the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, which was the first railway to approach Edmonton and Fort Macleod. The Dominion of Canada granted 1,888,448 acres of land in Alberta to the Calgary and Edmonton Railway Company to assist in financing construction of the line and also attempted to shield these lands from local taxation. The C & E went to Court to obtain mines and minerals in the land grant and in an effort to avoid local taxation. The authors analyze these cases and outline the implications of the decisions, particularly in the creation of private mineral title in western Canada.
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