Magrath
Town
Town of Magrath
Wind farm west of Magrath.
Wind farm west of Magrath.
Official logo of Magrath
Nickname(s): 
Garden City[1]
Magrath is located in Alberta
Magrath
Magrath
Coordinates: 49°25′26″N 112°52′06″W / 49.42389°N 112.86833°W / 49.42389; -112.86833Coordinates: 49°25′26″N 112°52′06″W / 49.42389°N 112.86833°W / 49.42389; -112.86833
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionSouthern Alberta
Census division3
Municipal districtCardston County
Incorporated[2] 
 • VillageAugust 20, 1901
 • TownJuly 24, 1907
Named forCharles Alexander Magrath
Government
 • MayorByrne Cook
 • Governing bodyMagrath Town Council
 • CAOJames Suffredine
 • MPGlen Motz
 • MLAJoseph Schow
Area
 (2021)[4]
 • Land5.88 km2 (2.27 sq mi)
Elevation983 m (3,225 ft)
Population
 (2021)[4][6]
 • Total2,481
 • Density422/km2 (1,090/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s)+1-403
Websitewww.magrath.ca Edit this at Wikidata

Magrath is a town in Cardston County, Alberta, Canada. Its population was 2,374 in 2016. Magrath is 32 km (20 mi) south of Lethbridge and 242 km (150 mi) south of Calgary.

History

Old grain elevator in Magrath.
Old grain elevator in Magrath.

Magrath was established in 1899 by settlers sent by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from Utah and Idaho. These Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints settlers were recruited by the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company to construct irrigation works in the area funded by British interests by the family of Sir Alexander Galt. The settlers were paid in cash and land in the town. This was the first major irrigation work in Canada and was made possible by the settlers' experience with the extensive irrigation projects undertaken by their church in Utah and Idaho.

The irrigation system was completed in November 1899 and spanned ninety-miles. It was the first large-scale irrigation system in Canada. The area's irrigation canal system supplies water to farmers throughout Southern Alberta and was the first major irrigation project in Canada. In its early years Magrath was known as The Irrigation Capital of Canada, and later as "The Garden City" for its beautiful natural setting and plentiful trees. The design and layout of Magrath was based on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 'Plat of Zion' urban design model. Magrath also has historical links to the internationally recognized British Garden City tradition which was piloted in England during this same period.

Magrath was named after Charles Alexander Magrath, the son-in-law of Sir Alexander Galt.[7] Magrath post office was established 1 March 1900, with Ammon Mercer as first postmaster.[8]

Demographics

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Magrath had a population of 2,481 living in 803 of its 830 total private dwellings, a change of 4.5% from its 2016 population of 2,374. With a land area of 5.88 km2 (2.27 sq mi), it had a population density of 421.9/km2 (1,092.8/sq mi) in 2021.[4]

The population of the Town of Magrath according to its 2017 municipal census is 2,435,[9] a change of 1.5% from its 2015 municipal census population of 2,398.[10]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Magrath recorded a population of 2,374 living in 757 of its 794 total private dwellings, a 7.1% change from its 2011 population of 2,217. With a land area of 5.99 km2 (2.31 sq mi), it had a population density of 396.3/km2 (1,026.5/sq mi) in 2016.[11]

Religious affiliation

The following is a breakdown of Magrath's population by religious affiliation from the 2001 federal census.[12]

Statistics Canada includes 44 churches in its 2001 Protestant definition, including the Mormon denominations of the LDS Church and the Community of Christ.[13]

The religious affiliation within Magrath is primarily from the LDS Church. There is a stake based in Magrath, which is composed of ten congregations (eight wards and two branches) in the town and surrounding area.[14] As of June 2016, the total membership in the Magrath Alberta Stake was reported as 2433 members.

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References

  1. ^ Garden City Movement
  2. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Magrath" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 372. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs: Municipal Officials Search
  4. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities)". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  5. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and population centres". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  7. ^ Holmgren, Eric J. and Patricia M. Holmgren (1973) Over 2,000 Place-Names of Alberta, p. 112, Saskatoon, Sask: Western Producer Book Service, ISBN 0-919306-37-3
  8. ^ Post Office Archives page for Magrath Archived 2011-05-19 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ 2017 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3652-2. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  10. ^ 2016 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3127-5. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "2001 Community Profiles – Magrath, Alberta (Town)". Statistics Canada. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  13. ^ "2001 Census Dictionary – Appendix L. Comparison of Religious Code Values, 2001, 1991 and 1981" (PDF). Statistics Canada. 2003-12-04. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  14. ^ "Statistics Magrath Alberta Stake". Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  15. ^ Buffalo Bin Elevator[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Historic Galt Canal head-gates to receive face lift". August 6, 2015 By Karlene Skretting, Westwind Weekly News.
  17. ^ Galt Canal Nature Trail - Magrath
  18. ^ https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/randall-k-bennett?lang=eng