Place:Magrath, Alberta, Canada

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NameMagrath
TypeCommunity
Coordinates49.45°N 112.867°W
Located inAlberta, Canada
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Magrath is a town in Cardston County, Alberta, Canada. Its population was 2,217 in 2011. Magrath is located near the Canadian Rockies and is south of Lethbridge and south of Calgary.

History

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Magrath was established in 1899 by settlers sent by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Utah and Idaho. These Mormon settlers were recruited by the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company to construct irrigation works in the area. 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 area's irrigation canal system supplies water to local farmers.

Magrath is named after Charles Alexander Magrath. Magrath post office was established 1 March 1900, with Ammon Mercer as first postmaster.

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