CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum

CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum is temporarily closed

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.

Cochrane Ranche 1977 Photo

George Teply provided this photo of the current Cochrane Ranche site from Cochrane Heights from 1977. You can see the Gilbert Ranch buildings as well as what I believe is the brickyard pit in the background.

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A Day at the Track

This article was written by Tim Collard and appears in the Cochrane Times. Photos courtesy of Glenbow Archives. On a mild May 14th, 1930, the Town of Cochrane bustled with excitement. Though it was a Wednesday, most businesses in town closed at noon, as this was the first day of the Spring Meet of the

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Creameries in the Cochrane Area

Many of the stories this month have been of short term businesses. I want to finish off the month with a story about a long time land mark and successful business the Cochrane Creamery. But did you know, there was a another earlier Creamery in the area. An 80 Year Industry By Jo Hutchinson  The

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Graham’s Pharmacy

We hope you’ve enjoyed this months daily dose of history. We have a couple more to tell before month end. Then, we’ll be out enjoying the spring. This article about Graham’s Pharmacy from “More Big Hill Country” is one of the best stories of small town Cochrane.  “Big Hill Country” was published in 2009. The

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Early Livery Stables and Garages

“More Big Hill Country” has lots of stories of early businesses. There was a time when most homes in Cochrane had a barn for the horses. There were also several Livery stables in town. Murphy’s Livery Stable  The Murphy Livery stable was built next to the Murphy Brothers Hotel in 1898. It appears that the

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