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Place Names of the Foothills

How did Okotoks get its name? Why is it called Black Diamond? Who is Priddis named after? Where’s Longview?
This online exhibit explores how 17 towns, villages and hamlets in the County of Foothills got their names. Click on the names below to discover fascinating nuggets of information about each of these communities. 

Aldersyde

Black Diamond

Blackie

Cayley

Davisburg

De Winton

Dinton

Foothills County

Gladys

Hartell

High River

Longview

Millarville

Naphtha

Okotoks

Priddis

Turner Valley

The map used in the banner at the top of this page is a portion of a large Alberta map from the archival collection at the Okotoks Museum and Archives. The E. N. Moyer Company produced this map for use in Canadian schools, circa 1910.

Stay tuned for an upcoming online exhibit on Ghost Towns of the Foothills later this spring!