CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum

CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum

Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society

Beautiful Scenery

Visitors to the CHAPS Museum in Cochrane, Alberta are within an hour’s drive of Banff National Park and the mountain playgrounds west of Calgary that offer year round outdoor activities in a beautiful setting.

Located within The Cochrane Ranche

The Dominion Government incorporated a company in 1881 and it was known as the Cochrane Ranche Company.  (excerpt from Big Hill Country page 155). 

The Museum Building's History

Constructed in 1909 by the Davies family using bricks from the Collin’s Brick Yard. Built to be used as a hospital/nursing home and private residence. Moved to its current site in 2014.

Experience the history of
Canada's West

Through the eyes of its settlers, ranchers and farmers; 

the service and supply businesses, the educators and more.

A True Story – Cathy Thompson

Why do people immigrate to Canada? Cathy Thompson relates a story of the Donnelly’s travels and reasons for. Be aware the details are pretty grim. Another video in the 100 Stories for 100 Years series.

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Miss Bell-Irving – Cathy Thompson

Cathy Thompson remembers Miss Bell-Irving in the first of her videos from 100 Stories for 100 Years. This video series was produced by Barry Thorson back in 2005.  The Bell-Irving home mentioned is on William St.

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Luggage Cart Renos complete

This year CHAPS received what we suspect is a luggage cart that was used at the Cochrane CPR Train Station. Wayne Hilland ran a garage that was just across the street from the train station and likely rescued the cart before the station was demolished. CHAPS members Mike Taylor and Lonnie Basiuk took on the

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Uncle Vincent & the Dynamite Yarns

Don Hutchinson remembers when dynamite was advertised in the Western Producer and was used on the Perrenoud Ranch. He has a handful of “dynamite” stories. He continues with stories about his Uncle Vincent. This is Don’s second video recorded in 100 Stories for 100 Years by Barry Thorson.

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