Bird's eye view of Calgary looking south. Centre street bridge is visible in the foreground. Robin Hood Flour mill can be seen on the right hand side and the Palliser Hotel on the left hand side. Date of postcard unknown.
The Fairmont Palliser Hotel is 100 years old this year. During construction, the local newspaper asked readers to submit ideas for naming the new hotel. The name Palliser was selected in commemoration of Captain John Palliser, leader of the famed British expedition responsible for exploring Western Canada between 1857 and 1860. http://www.arcreactions.com/banners-stands/
The Alberta Hotel, circa 1962. The Alberta Hotel was built in 1888-89 at a cost of $36,000 and boasted the "Long Bar", 125 feet of polished wood and glass, reputed to be the longest bar in Western Canada at the time. The eve before the bar closed in 1916 due to prohibition veteran barman Tom Pierce "dispensed enough liquor to fill every horse trough in Alberta."