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Conceived as an agricultural utopia on the unspoiled prairies, far from the wickedness of Toronto and Montreal, Saskatoon was founded in 1882 by the Temperance Colonization Society, an organization dedicated to the ideals of capitalism and prohibition.

As the Canadian prairies filled up, so, too, did Saskatoon. 125 years after John Lake and Chief Whitecap first discussed potential locations for a new town on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, the City of Saskatoon boasts more than 200,000 inhabitants, and claims for itself the status of "economic engine of the province of Saskatchewan".

In this section we have provided a variety of resources relating to the history of Saskatoon, which we hope will be of interest to the general public, including a list of significant dates, an overall history of Saskatoon, and selected essays on a variety of subjects.

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Saskatoon: A Brief History:   [Printable version]

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Saskatoon, a commercial and educational centre in the province of Saskatchewan, is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River in Townships 36 and 37, Range 5 and Township 36, Range 6, West of Third Meridian. It lies 346 km (216 miles) north of the Canada-US border, 224 km (140 miles) from the western boundary and 344 km (215 miles) from the eastern boundary of the province.

The Saskatoon area has been inhabited for some 8,000 years. Buffalo kill sites, teepee rings and a medicine wheel can still be seen today and form an important link with the past.

The townsite was first examined 1882 by John Lake and a party representing the Temperance Colonization Society. It was their intention to build an agricultural settlement based on the philosophy and ideals of the Temperance League, an organization which opposed the use of alcohol. The colony’s land grant extended along both sides of the South Saskatchewan River, from Clarke’s Crossing in the north to Moose Woods (the present-day Whitecap First Nation) in the south. It was to include a centrally-located townsite to act as a service centre for the surrounding farms. The location chosen for the town was the area we now call "Nutana".

Lake returned to survey the colony in 1883, and the first settlers arrived that summer. They travelled by railway from Ontario to Moose Jaw and then over land in horse-drawn carts. The first railway did not arrive until 1890. By 1899 Saskatoon consisted of a few houses on the east side of the river and on the west side was the station house, the section foreman’s house, the Mounted Police barracks, a stone building, a hotel and about six other houses and shacks.

The Society was not able to claim a contiguous block of territory, however, and the experiment was doomed from the start. Nevertheless, the TCS played an important role in the early history of Saskatoon.

In 1901 the present-day downtown area (on the west side of the river) was incorporated as a village. In 1903 it became a town and after amalgamation with the neighbouring villages of Riversdale and Nutana (the original Temperance Colony site) in 1906, it incorporated as a city (population approximately 4,500). By 1911, the population had more than doubled and Saskatoon had become what is still today: a major distribution centre for the surrounding agricultural district.

In the years leading up the First World War, Saskatoon’s economy boomed. The population exploded. New construction was everywhere. Speculators bought up land for miles around, subdividing it into streets and lots and re-selling it at sometimes enormous profits. Otherwise sober men dreamed of a city of 100,000 by 1920, in a province of 2 million inhabitants. It was not to be. The boom went bust in 1913, followed by the declaration of war with Germany in 1914. With the exception of a few years in the late 1920s, the next 30 years were marked by economic and political upheavals of one sort or another, including Influenza Epidemic of 1918, the Great Depression of the 1930s and the great human tragedy known as the Second World War. Following the war, Saskatoon underwent a huge housing crisis - as bad as or worse than that which followed the First World War in 1918. By the late 1940s things had settled down somewhat and the city entered a period of prosperity which has lasted - with exceptions - ever since.

With its dependence on agriculture, Saskatoon has experienced many "booms and busts" throughout its history. The expansion of the mining industry in the 1970s and 1980s (particularly potash) reduced this to some extent, and the future promises continued diversification through the emergence of more advanced technology industries and an increase in manufacturing, primarily to service the resource sector.

Although Saskatoon's pioneers came mostly from Ontario or Great Britain, the city is now home to people from around the world as well as to a large First Nations population. This ethnic diversity is a dynamic component of the rich culture which makes Saskatoon such an interesting place to live.

Significant Dates:   [Printable version]

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1882 ----- Saskatoon was chosen as a settlement site by a party under John Neilson Lake of the Temperance Colonization Society.
1883 Aug.18 Saskatoon officially founded.
1884 ----- Ferry service across the river began.
  May 25 First burial at what is now the Nutana Pioneer Cemetery (Robert Clark) took place.
  Aug 9 "The Sentinel" - Saskatoon's first newspaper - published.
1885 May 3 Houses on 11th Street were requisitioned to serve as military hospitals during Riel Rebellion.
1888 Jan. 7 First classes were held in the original Victoria School ("The Little Stone School", since moved on to the University grounds) built at Broadway Avenue and 11th Street.
1890 ----- Qu'Appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan Railway reached Saskatoon, crossing the river at the site of the present-day Idylwyld Freeway bridge. The first train crosses the bridge in June. Commercial development of west side of the river begins in earnest.
1901 ----- Saskatoon's population reached 113.
  Nov. 16 West bank settlement was incorporated as a village and took the name "Saskatoon". The east bank settlement re-named itself "Nutana".
1902 Oct. 17 Saskatoon "Phenix" first published (present-day "Star-Phoenix").
1903 ----- First telephone exchange established by Saskatoon pioneer Dr. J.H.C. Willoughby.
    First settlement occurred west of the tracks - in present-day Riversdale.
  Apr. 06 Village Overseer James Wilson reported on a census taken by himself showing the population of Saskatoon to be 544.
  Apr. 17 First trainload of Barr colonists camped near present-day Victoria Park before continuing their trek.
  Jul. 1 Saskatoon was incorporated as a town.
  Oct. 3 Nutana was incorporated as a village.
1904 Apr. 15 Railway Bridge was destroyed by ice during spring breakup.
1905 ----- J.C. Drinkle drove Saskatoon's first automobile.
  Jan. 16 Riversdale was incorporated as a village.
1906 ----- Saskatoon's first electrical generating plant (later the Waterworks) was built at Avenue H and 11th Street West.
  May 26 The City Charter for the newly-incorporated City of Saskatoon (an amalgamation of the communities of Saskatoon, Nutana and Riversdale) was given Royal Assent in the provincial Legislature. It had a population of 4,500.
  Jun. 21 First City Council acclaimed following uncontested nomination meeting.
  Jun. 26 Inaugural meeting of the new Saskatoon City Council.
  Jul. 1 The newly-proclaimed City of Saskatoon officially celebrated its inauguration.
  Nov. 21 It was reported to Council that arrangements had been made with "Miss Sisley" to operate the newly-acquired Hatt property as a hospital until such time as the new Municipal Hospital was built.
1907 Mar. 10 St. Paul's Hospital opened.
1907 Aug. 7 Saskatoon's first electric streetlights were switched on, to the accompaniment of a band contest and fireworks display.
  Oct. 10 "Traffic Bridge" officially opened, connecting Victoria Street on the Nutana side with 3rd Avenue.
1908 Jun. 7 Saskatoon's best known (and only) marine disaster occurred when the steamer "City of Medicine Hat" fetched up against one of the piers of the Traffic Bridge and sank. No lives were lost, fortunately.
1908 15 Jun. CPR Station opened at 24th Street and Avenue A (now Idylwyld Drive), and the first train crossed the newly-completed 33rd St. Railway Bridge.
1909 ----- City Hospital-the first municipally owned hospital in Western Canada-opened.
  Apr. 7 Saskatoon was chosen as site for University of Saskatchewan.
  May 1 Fire Hall No. 1 opened on 23rd Street across from City Hall.
  Sep. 28 University classes began in temporary quarters in the Drinkle Building and Victoria School.
  Aug. 30 Village of Sutherland (pop. 102) was incorporated near the Canadian Pacific Railway yards east of Saskatoon.
1910 ----- The 20th Street footbridge was built over CN's downtown rail yards to provide a pedestrian link between downtown and Riversdale.
May 1 Civic staff moved into the new Temporary City Offices, on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 21st Street (where the Public School Board building is now).
Aug. 15 Construction of a grand stand in the West Side Park (present day Optimist Park on AVenue J and 18th St. West) was completed.
Dec. 15 Construction was completed on City Market Building on Avenue A, north of 21st Street (site of present-day Fire Hall No. 1)
----- Nutana Collegiate opened.
  May 4 Construction began on permanent facilities for the new University.
1911 ----- A New power plant (christened the A.L. Cole Generating Station in 1954) was built at 19th Street and Avenue A.
  ----- Saskatoon's population passed the 12,000 mark.
1912 Mar. 4 A train crashed through CNR Bridge (present day site of Idylwyld Bridge) injuring 12 passengers.
  Jun. 1 Sutherland (population 1,000) was incorporated as a town.
  Jun. 1 City staff moved into their new offices in the old King Edward School building at 23rd St and 3rd Avenue - the present site of City Hall Square.
  Oct. Height of the pre-War boom. Population was estimated near 28,000 and predicted by many to grow to 50,000 within three years and possibly to 100,000 by 1920. First buildings on U of S campus open for classes.
1913 Jan. 1 The Saskatoon Municipal Railway began operation, carrying more than 3,000,000 passengers in its first year.
  ----- 23rd Street subway under CN tracks between Ontario and 1st Avenues was completed.
  ----- Sutherland Forest Nursery Station ("Forestry Farm") was established by the federal Department of the Interior.
1914 ----- Municipal Railway streetcars began hourly service to Sutherland.
  May 14 6,422 people watched the Saskatoon Quakers win the first baseball game held in the brand-new Cairns' Field, at Avenue A (now Idylwyld) and 27th St.
1916 Jun. 1 Population of Saskatoon reached 21,054 (federal census figures).
  Oct. 31 University Bridge officially opened.
1918 Nov. 1 Hugh Cairns earned Victoria Cross (posthumously) for bravery at Valciennes, France.
1919 Mar. 24 First troops arrived home from overseas.
1920 Jun. 30 Saskatoon's 2nd Mayor, Malcolm Isbister, died at age 69.
1921 ----- Population - 25,739 (federal census figures).
1923 Jul. 18 CFQC-Radio made its first broadcast.
1925 Apr. 15 Official opening of Saskatoon Sanatorium on Avenue K. South.
1926 Jun. 1 Population 31,234 (federal census figures).
1928 ----- Saskatoon's first airport opened.
  Jul. 4 Saskatoon's Ethel Catherwood won ladies running high jump at Olympics with a jump of 5' 3".
  Dec. 4 Eaton's store at 21st St. and 3rd Ave (now the Army and Navy) opened.
  Dec. 10 The first ever air mail delivery from Winnipeg arrived in Saskatoon.
  Dec. 12 Saskatoon Public Library opened on 23rd St next to Fire Hall No. 1.
1929 Nov. 11 The Cenotaph was unveiled at its original location in the center of 21st St. and 2nd Ave South.
1930 April 25 Parks Board voted to name the new park between 23rd Street West and Rusholme "Leif Erickson Park".
  July 1 Saskatoon's first children's paddling pool opened in Ashworth Holmes Park, in Caswell Hill.
1931 Jun. 1 Population 43,291 (federal census figures).
  ----- 19th Street Subway opened. It was demolished in 2006 as part of the city's "River Landing" development.
1932 Nov. 11 Broadway Bridge officially opened.
1933 Jul. 21 Last streetcar crossed 19th Street Traffic Bridge. The new line was routed over the Broadway Bridge.
1935 Dec. 10 Bessborough Hotel opened.
1936 Jun. 1 Federal census figures for Saskatoon showed a decline in population to 41,734, a result of hardship caused by the Great Depression.
  Aug. 6 Saskatoon pioneer merchant and Mayor (1906; 1911-12), James Clinkskill, died at age 83.
  Nov. 13 In what was really shaping up to be a bad year for ex-Mayors, pioneer farmer, rancher, and Mayor of Saskatoon in 1926, Russell Wilson, died two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 72.
1937 May 14 The south side riverbank between Broadway and University bridges was dedicated as "Coronation Park" in honour of King George VI.
  Sept 8 Vimy Memorial Bandstand in Kiwanis Park was formally dedicated after the scheduled Sept. 1 ceremony was delayed by rain.
  Oct. 30 The Saskatoon Arena Rink opened with a sold-out game between the New York Rangers and the New York Americans.
1938 Jan. 1 Bus line to Sanatorium (Avenue K South) was discontinued due to lack of patronage.
1939 Jul. 9 Dr. Alexander MacGillvray Young, Mayor of Saskatoon from 1916-18 and 1920-21, died at the age of 60.
  Sept 1 Saskatoon Light Infantry mobilized under Lt. Colonel J.M. Clelland.
  Dec. 18 "New" CNR Station on 1st Avenue and 21st Street opened.
1940 Mar. 15 Weir completed across the river upstream of the 33rd St. railway bridge.
1941 Mar. 18 John W. Hair, Mayor of Saskatoon in 1930-1932, died at age 61.
  Apr. 3 James R. Wilson Saskatoon's first Mayor and one of the four Wilson brothers who homesteaded near Hanley in 1883, died at age 74.
  Jun. 1 Saskatoon's population reached 43,027 (federal census figures).
  Oct. 24 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, wife of George VI, presented colours to the Saskatoon Light Infantry in England.
1945 Oct. 3 First Battalion, Saskatoon Light Infantry, returned home.
1946 Jun. 1 Population 46,028 (federal census).
  Aug. 1 Robert M. Pinder, Mayor of Saskatoon in 1935-1938 and founder of the Pinder's Drugs chain of stores, died at age 55.
  Sept Montgomery Place was built as part of the Veterans Land Act settlement plan for returning war veterans.
1947 Dec. 10 Mrs. Marjorie Walker was elected as Saskatoon's first female City Councillor.
1948 Apr. 7 Saskatoon businessman and Mayor in 1919, Frank R. McMillan, died at age 59.
1948 Oct. 31 horses were killed when the Co-op Creamery Barns burned down. The Creamery purchased vans to replace them.
1948 Nov. 22 First electric trolley bus was put into service marking the beginning of the end for the old streetcars.
1949 Jan. 14 Saskatoon's present coat-of-arms was approved by Order-in-Council.
  Apr. 2 The Western Development Museum Act was proclaimed. The Museum was already in two locations: North Battleford and Saskatoon.
  Aug. 15 Saskatoon Municipal Railway changed its name to the Saskatoon Transit System.
1951 Jun. 1 Population 53,268 (federal census).
  Jul. 17 The Sewage Disposal plant north of the 33rd Street railway bridge exploded.
  Nov. 10 Last streetcar made its final run.
1952 Sept 14 The Memorial Cairn on the river bank near the Broadway Bridge was dedicated to the memory of Saskatoon's pioneers.
1954 Oct. 22 Construction began on new City Hall
  Dec. 31 Angus W. Macpherson, Mayor of Saskatoon in 1944-48, died at the age of 66.
1955 Jan. 1 Montgomery Place was officially incorporated into City of Saskatoon.
  Jan. 26 University Hospital admitted its first patient.
1956 Jan. 1 Town of Sutherland became part of City of Saskatoon.
  Feb. 26 William H. Clare, Mayor of Saskatoon in 1924-1925, died at age 82.
  Jun. 1 Population 72,858 (federal census).
  Jun. 23 " New" City Hall was officially opened. Old City Hall was torn down and replaced with the present-day City Hall Square.
1957 ----- Saskatoon's first shopping centre opened at Clarence Avenue and Taylor St.
  Feb. 9 Howard McConnell, Mayor of Saskatoon in 1922-23, died at the age of 71.
1959 Jan. 1 Boundaries of City expanded to include University of Saskatchewan.
  Jul. 22 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II commissioned the Queen Elizabeth Power Station, located on the river bank just south of Saskatoon.
  Aug. 19 Mayfair Pool officially opened.
1960 Apr. 7 Joseph E. Underwood, Mayor of Saskatoon in 1932, died at age 77.
  Apr. 20 Last steam-powered locomotive passed through Saskatoon.
  ----- Passenger service was discontinued through CPR station at 24th and Avenue A (now Idylwyld Drive).
1961 Jun. 1 Population 95,526 (federal census).
1962 Jun. 27 Holiday Park Golf Course officially opened.
1963 ----- 20th St. footbridge over CNR tracks was dismantled.
1963 May 6 City of Saskatoon and CNR signed an agreement for removal of downtown rail facilities.
1964 Oct. 5 Last train crossed the CNR Bridge (present-day Idylwyld Freeway Bridge).
1964 Oct. 16 Official opening of Mendel Art Gallery on Spadina Crescent.
1964 Nov. 14 Last passenger train to use CNR's downtown terminal passed through Saskatoon.
1964 Nov. 30 Bylaw 4357, authorizing the construction of the Idylwyld Bridge and Freeway for a cost of $5.8 million was passed by City Council.
1965 ----- Construction began on Centennial Auditorium and Idylwyld Bridge.
1965 July 29 George Ward Pool officially opened.
1966 ----- Sutherland Forestry Farm was transferred to City of Saskatoon.
  May 27 New Main Library on 23rd Street across from City Hall opened.
  Jun. 1 Population 115,247 (federal census).
  Oct. 28 Idylwyld Bridge opened.
1968 Apr. 1 Centennial Auditorium opened.
1969 June 15 Construction crews began to dismantle and fill in the 23rd Street Subway. It was completed by August.
1970 Jul. 30 Midtown Plaza officially opened on the site of the old CNR station at 1st Avenue and 21st Street.
  Nov. 12 George W. Norman, Mayor of Saskatoon from 1927-1929, died in BC. He was 87.
  Dec. 15 Official Opening of Mount Blackstrap.
1971 Jun. 1 Population 126,450 (federal census).
  Feb. 13-22 Canada Winter Games were held in Saskatoon.
1972 Jul. 11 Present-day Western Development Museum facility opened on Lorne Avenue.
  Aug. 31 Forestry Farm Animal Park opened.
  Oct 28 John S. Mills, long-time teacher and Mayor of Saskatoon (1933-34, 1949-53) died age 85.
1973 ----- First female City Police recruit was hired.
1974 May 10 The last electric trolley bus made its final run before being pulled out of service.
  Dec. 26 Steve N. MacEachern, Mayor of Saskatoon in 1941-1943, died at the age of 80.
1975 Oct. 25 New colours were presented to the North Saskatchewan Regiment, successor to the Saskatoon Light Infantry
1976 Apr. 14 The Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre, Saskatoon's first indoor swimming pool, was officially opened.
  Jun. 1 Population 133,750 (federal census)
1978 ----- The last tuberculosis patient was discharged from the Sanatorium.
1979 Sept 4 Meewasin Valley Authority was established.
1980 May 31 Saskatoon firefighters Victor James Budz and Dennis Aron Guenter were killed while fighting a fire in the basement of the Queen's Hotel on 1st Avenue South.
1981 Jun. 1 Population 154,210 (federal census).
1982 ----- "Century Saskatoon"- 100th Anniversary celebrations of the settlement's founding.
1983 Jul. 1 Circle Drive Bridge was officially opened.
  Jul. 16 New City Hall addition was officially opened.
  Sept 23 Century Saskatoon time capsule on the riverbank near the Bessborough was sealed.
  Oct. 17 The "scramble corners" on College Avenue at Wiggins and at Cumberland were eliminated.
1984 ----- The A.L. Cole Generating Station was taken out of service.
  May 8 Percy C. Klaehn, Mayor of Saskatoon in 1964, died at the age of 88.
  Nov. 2 23rd Street Transit Terminal opened.
1986 Jun. 1 Population - 177,641 (federal census).
  Jun. 1 Saskatoon's last scramble corners, on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the downtown business core, were eliminated. Saskatoon was one of the last (if not the last) city in Canada to still have scramble corners.
1988 Feb. 9 Saskatoon Blades played in the first event held in the new Saskatchewan Place Arena .
  May Arena Rink closed for the last time. "...We shut off the lights, shut down the ice plant, locked the doors and walked away."
1989 Mar. 18 Demolition of Arena Rink began.
  Aug. Demolition of the Sanatorium began.
  Aug. 13-19 Saskatoon hosted the 1989 Jeux Canada Games.
1991 Jun. 1 Population 186,058 (federal census).
1993 ----- CPR Station at 24th St. and Idylwyld was sold to a private developer.
  Oct 16 Official opening of the newly-constructed City Hospital.
  Dec. 23 Herbert S. Sears, Mayor of Saskatoon from 1972-76, died at age 86.
1994 Jul. 25 John D. McAskill, Mayor of Saskatoon from 1954-57, died at age 86
1995 ----- A.L. Cole Generating Station was demolished.
1996 Jun. 1 Population 193,647 (federal census).
1997 Apr. 22 Thornton School, 2221 Lorne Avenue South (between Elm and Adelaide Streets) demolished. It was built in 1926.
1999 ----- "Slumping" of the river bank near the Broadway Bridge destroyed Rotary Park.
  Mar. 31 Funding was approved for the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron at the U of S.
2001 Jun. 27 Former Saskatoon Mayor (1958-63, 1967-71) Senator Sid Buckwold died at the age of 84.
2000 May 23 Construction began on Phase I of the Circle Drive and Attridge Drive Interchange.
  Aug. 27 The Meewasin Valley Authority celebrated the opening of the Fred Heal Canoe Launch.
  Oct. 25 Municipal Election was held.
  Nov. 5 Ernest J. Cole, Mayor of Saskatoon in 1964 and one-time City Engineer, died at the age of 84.
  Dec. 19 The White Buffalo Youth Lodge community centre on 20th Street was officially opened.
2001 Apr. 10 The City of Saskatoon implemented a pilot program to encourage the composting of leaf and grass waste in the city.
  Apr. 28 His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales dedicated “The Prince of Wales Promenade” as part of the 33rd Street Weir redevelopment project.
  Jun. 28 The Blairmore Ring potash monument was removed from Rotary Park, where it had stood since the mid-1960s. It is now on display at the Saskatoon airport.
  Aug. Silverspring School opened.
  Sept. 24 The Idylwyld Freeway Bridge was re-named the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge, in honour Saskatoon’s late Mayor.
  Oct. 1 The Circle Drive/Attridge Drive interchange officially opened.
  Oct. 22 Sod-turning ceremony was held for Fire Hall No. 9 in Erindale.
2002 Feb. 14 Saskatoon native Catriona Le May-Doan won the gold medal in the Women’s 500 metre speed skating event at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
  Apr. 29 Sod-turning ceremony held for Phase I of the “Preston Crossing” retail development. It opened in the fall of 2002.
  Jul. 18 The intersection of 20th Street West and Circle Drive was permanently closed.
  Sept. 1 Speed limits in elementary and secondary school zones were reduced to 30 km/hour on school days from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  Sept. 7 Fire Hall No. 9, in Erindale, officially opened.
  Sept. 15 Saskatoon Transit Services commenced operation of two experimental “Biobuses” fuelled by a canola-diesel blend.
  Oct. 28 Official opening of the $23.5 million Circle Drive & 22nd Street Interchange.
2003 Jan. 1 The provincial Cities Act came into effect, replacing the 1984 Urban Municipalities Act and changing the way cities are governed in Saskatchewan.
  Jan. 17 The “Intercon Murals” by William Perehudoff, were exhibited by the Mendel Art Gallery. They had been donated in 2001 by Camille Mitchell.
  Apr. 29 The Little Chief Community Police Station officially opened in the former Little Chief Service Station building at the corner of Avenue D and 20th Street.
  May 5 Work began on the College Avenue & Circle Drive interchange with the piling up of earth to form the embankments.
  Sept. 27 The Lions SkatePark - a facility for skate-boarders, roller bladers and BMX bicycle riders - officially opened in Victoria Park.
  Sept. 30 The City of Saskatoon gave 100 Saskatoon berry bushes to the City of Regina to commemorate that city’s 100th birthday.
  Oct. 22 Municipal elections held.
  Nov. 21 The City of Saskatoon gave 100 Saskatoon berry bushes to the City of Moose Jaw to help commemorate that city’s 100th birthday.
2004 Mar. 9 Preliminary work on began Saskatoon’s new South Downtown riverfront development (between the Traffic Bridge and the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge).
  May 2 Demolition of the Hudson’s Bay Parkade on 2nd Avenue and 24th Street began with the removal of the overhead pedestrian tunnel connecting the parkade to the Bay building across the street.
  May 26 The Saskatoon Centennial Committee unveiled the 2006 centennial’s logo and theme, officially launching preparations for the celebrations of the City’s 100th birthday.
  Jun. 4 The Saskatoon Zoo and Forestry Farm Park unveiled its new “PotashCorp Ark” exhibit with two rare snow leopards, loaned by the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg for two years.
  Jun. 15 Demolition work began on the Gathercole Building (originally Saskatoon Technical Collegiate) as part of the new South Downtown riverfront development.
  Jul. 1 Saskatoon’s “Smoking Control Bylaw (No. 8286)” took effect, making all public places and private clubs smoke-free.
  Sept. 22 Restoration work began on the portion of Rotary Park near the Broadway Bridge destroyed by a landslide in 1999.
  Oct. 14 The new Clarence Avenue railway overpass south of Circle Drive opened to motorists.
  Oct. 22 Grand Opening of the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron was held
  Nov. City Council officially adopted the name of “River Landing” for the South Downtown redevelopment project./td>
2005 Feb. 22 The former Hudson's Bay "Skyway" pedestrian overpass - removed in 2004 - was installed as part of the expansion of the Avenue H Water Treatment Plant.
  Apr. 15 The Forestry Farm Teahouse in the former Superintendent's Residence at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo closed.
  Jun. 20 High runoff levels caused flooding along the river in Saskatoon and forced closure of several sections of the Meewasin Trail.
  Jun. 29 Record rainfall on top of existing high water levels caused extensive flooding in Saskatoon homes. Residents were warned to restrict water use until the sanitary and storm sewer systems emptied.
  Sept. 6 The Victoria Avenue Traffic Bridge was closed to allow work to be done to the approaches as part of the River Landing development.
  Sept. 7 Excavation and grading work began in the new Blairmore Suburban Centre in the city's West Sector area.
  Sept. 22 Remediation of the old A.L. Cole power station site on the river at Avenue B began as part of Phase II of the River Landing development.
  Oct. 19 Saskatoon's first Red Light Camera commenced official operation at the intersection of Circle Drive and Avenue C, after a 30-day warning period.
  Nov. 2 It was announced that the historic Victoria Avenue Traffic Bridge was in an advanced state of deterioration and would not re-open to traffic.
  Nov. 14 City Council voted in favour of changing the name of the Centennial Auditorium to "TCU Place", after corporate sponsor TCU Financial Group.
  Nov. 23 Saskatoon was designated a "Cultural Capital" for Canada for 2006.
  Dec. 7 The sale of land and a $1 million grant was approved, paving the way for Persephone Theatre’s new live performance theatre on River Landing.
  Dec. 31 Saskatoon rang in its centennial year with a New Year’s Eve concert and bonfire on 3rd Avenue in front of City Hall.
2006 Jan. 1 Ninety years after it opened, the University Bridge was officially named by City Council.
  Jan. 16 The abandoned 19th Street rail overpass was demolished as part of the River Landing development.
  May 11 As part of the Centennial celebrations, the Centennial logo was painted along the 1906 city boundaries.
  May 24 Sod turning ceremony was held at the site of the new Blairmore suburban development on Saskatoon’s west side.
  May 26 Saskatoon celebrated its 100th anniversary as a city. Civic staff held an outdoor showcase during the day. That evening, a gala celebration was held at the Western Development Museum that evening to mark the day on which the City of Saskatoon was officially incorporated.
  Jun. 26 A special Council meeting was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first city council meeting in Saskatoon. Former councillors and mayors were invited to take part in the ceremony.
  Aug. 25 Official opening of the Riverfront Walk in River Landing Phase I.
  Aug. 26 The Centennial Bridge Party was held, with over 40,000 people gathering along the riverbank and on the Broadway Bridge to watch fireworks set off from the Traffic Bridge in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Saskatoon’s incorporation as a city.
  Aug. 28 A 5-foot anchor was found in South Saskatchewan River by the Fire Department dive team. It is believed to be from the stern-wheeler the “The City of Medicine Hat” which crashed into the Traffic Bridge in 1908.
  Sept. 8 The Traffic Bridge re-opened after being closed for repairs for almost a year.
  Sept. 14 The sod turning was for held for the new Persephone Theatre site.
  Oct. 4 The College Drive and Circle Drive interchange officially opened.
  Oct. 25 Civic elections were held. For the first time, civic election results were posted live to the City’s website.
  Nov. 25 Saskatoon hosted the Vanier Cup, Canadian university football championship.
  Dec. 5 The landmark at River Landing, “Prairie Wind”, was unveiled.
2007 Jan. 22 Almost a century after it first opened, Saskatoon’s first non-railway bridge - often referred to as the Victoria Bridge - was finally officially named by City Council as the “Traffic Bridge”.

Saskatoon's Mayors, 1901-2007:   [Printable version]

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(Download A Seat on Council, a collection of biographies and photographs of Saskatoon's Mayors, Aldermen and Councillors from 1901-2007, compiled by the City Archives in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of City Council, in 1906.)

1901 - 1903Don W. Garrison (Village Overseer) 1933 - 1934 John S. Mills
1903 - 1904James R. Wilson 1935 - 1938Robert M. Pinder
1905Malcolm Isbister 1939 - 1940Carl Niderost
1906James Clinkskill 1941 - 1943Steve N. MacEachern
1907 - 1908James R. Wilson 1944 - 1948Angus W. Macpherson
1909 - 1910William Hopkins 1949 - 1953John S. Mills
1911 - 1912James Clinkskill 1954 - 1958John D. McAskill
1913 - 1915Frederick E. Harrison 1958 - 1963Sidney L. Buckwold
1916 - 1918Alexander M. Young 1964Percy Klaehn
1919Frank R. MacMillan 1965 - 1966Ernie J. Cole
1920 - 1921Alexander M. Young 1967 - 1971Sidney L. Buckwold
1922 - 1923Howard McConnell 1972 - 1976Herbert S. Sears
1924 - 1925William H. Clare 1976 - 1988Clifford E. Wright
1926Russell Wilson 1988 - 2000Henry Dayday
1927 - 1929George W. Norman 2000 - 2003James Maddin
1930 - 1931John W. Hair 2003 - Donald Atchison
1932Joseph E. Underwood

Saskatoon City Council, 1903-2007:   [Printable version]

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(Download A Seat on Council, a collection of biographies and photographs of Saskatoon's Mayors, Aldermen and Councillors from 1901-2007, compiled by the City Archives in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of City Council, in 1906.)

Alexander, George S.1908 - 1909 Alm, Terry2003 - 2006
Anderson, John H. 1911 - 1914 Anderson, William1922 - 1924
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