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REGINA: From Pile O' Bones to Queen City of the Plains: An Illustrated History
REGINA From Pile O' Bones to Queen City of the Plains An Illustrated History Author:William A Riddell Here is the first major pictorial history of the Queen City. This splendid volume, tracing Regina's earliest days to the present, has been long awaited by history-hungry Reginans. It is Dr. Riddell's beautiful tribute to a fascinating city. — For centuries, roving bands of Plains Indians knew the locale with its free-flowing creek as a good place... more » to hunt and "pound" the buffalo they needed for food, hides, and other products. This slaughter-ground resulted in an impressive mound of leavings that gave Pile O'Bones its name for later explorers and fur traders.
In 1882, when the Canadian Pacific Railway announced its impending arrival, the ignoble-sounding Pile O'Bones was formally renamed Regina in honor of Queen Victoria. The trickle of settlers, lured to the area in anticipation of the railroad's completion, became a stream as soon as the easy method of travel was available. To meet the needs of the new community, Dominion government offices, the North West Mounted Police Barracks, schools, churches, and businesses were built.
By 1883, when Regina became the capital of the North West Territories, government revenues introduced such services as fire protection, water, sanitation, and lighting to the newly incorporated town.
The settlement and building boom lasted for the next two decades-which saw the town grow into the City of Regina in 1905, when it was named the capital of the new Province of Saskatchewan. The optimistic enthusiasm of that era enabled the citizens to rebound quickly from the devastating tornado of 1912 that destroyed a large part of the city. Then the grim years of World War I, the economic crash of the late 1920s and the ensuing Depression, coupled with a disastrous drought, slowed the city's development.
Not until after World War II did the tide toward progress return. Agriculture adopted the new farming techniques that promoted the province, with Regina at its heart, into Canada's leading grain-producing region. Businesses and industries increased in number and scope and as the population soared above 150,000 recreation and health services expanded. Keen attention to education resulted in more schools, new colleges, and the prestigious University of Regina.
In the chapter "A Walking Tour in the City Centre," the reader is treated to a wealth of the city's notable landmarks, sure to delight the homeowners and certain to en-« less