Nobleford
Town of Nobleford
Nobleford
Nobleford's now demolished grain elevators
Motto(s): 
Home of the Noble Blade
Nobleford is located in Alberta
Nobleford
Nobleford
Coordinates: 49°52′56″N 113°03′11″W / 49.88222°N 113.05306°W / 49.88222; -113.05306Coordinates: 49°52′56″N 113°03′11″W / 49.88222°N 113.05306°W / 49.88222; -113.05306
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionSouthern Alberta
Census DivisionNo. 2
Municipal districtLethbridge County
Founded1909
Incorporated[1] 
 • VillageFebruary 28, 1918
 • TownFebruary 28, 2018
Government
 • MayorDon McDowell
 • Governing bodyNobleford Town Council
Area
 (2021)[3]
 • Land1.69 km2 (0.65 sq mi)
Elevation
985 m (3,232 ft)
Population
 (2021)[3][4]
 • Total1,438
 • Density848.6/km2 (2,198/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Highways23
519
WebsiteOfficial website

Nobleford is a town in southern Alberta, Canada that is approximately 32 km (20 mi) northwest of the City of Lethbridge. It has emerged as a bedroom community of Lethbridge.[5]

History

The hamlet of Noble was established in 1909. It was named after Charles S. Noble, who owned much land in the area and built many of the local buildings. In 1910, Noble moved his family to the area from Claresholm. The hamlet was renamed Nobleford in 1913, in order to differentiate from a community in Ontario.[6]

On February 28, 1918, Nobleford was incorporated as a village,[1] and its first mayor was Noble. A century later to the day, Nobleford incorporated as a town on February 28, 2018.[1]

A major employer in Nobleford from the 1930s to 1998 was a cultivator factory established by Charles Noble, manufacturing variations of the Noble blade. This reduced-tillage plow was designed to cut weed roots below the soil surface without greatly disturbing the soil, thus minimizing moisture loss in the dry, windy climate of southern Alberta.

Government

The town is governed by a council comprising a mayor, a deputy mayor, and three councillors.

Demographics

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1921 142—    
1926 (est.) 150+5.6%
1931 143−4.7%
1936 117−18.2%
1941 111−5.1%
1946 124+11.7%
1951 255+105.6%
1956 263+3.1%
1961 309+17.5%
1966 345+11.7%
1971 400+15.9%
1976 417+4.2%
1981 534+28.1%
1986 531−0.6%
1991 517−2.6%
1996 558+7.9%
2001 615+10.2%
2006 689+12.0%
2011 1,000+45.1%
2016 1,278+27.8%
2021 1,438+12.5%
Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Source: [6]

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In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Nobleford had a population of 1,438 living in 446 of its 462 total private dwellings, a change of 12.5% from its 2016 population of 1,278. With a land area of 1.69 km2 (0.65 sq mi), it had a population density of 850.9/km2 (2,203.8/sq mi) in 2021.[3]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Nobleford recorded a population of 1,278 living in 404 of its 427 total private dwellings, a 27.8% change from its 2011 population of 1,000. With a land area of 1.59 km2 (0.61 sq mi), it had a population density of 803.8/km2 (2,081.8/sq mi) in 2016.[7]

Transportation

Nobleford is located on Highway 519, just east of Highway 23. It is also serviced by rail.

Education

The town is served by Noble Central School, a K-12 public school that opened in 1949. It employs 15 teachers and several educational assistants, and provides education to many of the children in the town and the surrounding rural area.

Amenities

The Community Complex is one of the more popular recreational facilities in Nobleford. It houses a curling rink, a large meeting room and an auditorium; it is used for such events as dances weddings and various sports.

In addition, Nobleford is home to three baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, a climbing wall, a tennis court, a skating rink, a skate park and a picnic shelter and barbecue.

Nearby Keho Lake is a popular recreational destination, most well known among windsurfers and kiteboarders, and an important agricultural water reservoir. Anglers also frequent the lake, in which northern pike, walleye, and burbot can be found. Adjacent to the lake is a nine-hole golf course.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Location and History Profile: Town of Nobleford" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. April 30, 2021. p. 415. Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 9, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities)". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  4. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and population centres". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  5. ^ Shurtz, Delon (2007-03-14). "Nobleford enjoying its own version of boomtown". Lethbridge Herald. pp. A5.
  6. ^ "Alberta Inventors and Inventions - Charles S. Noble - History of Nobleford".
  7. ^ "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.