Naming the West : Cayley Stories Railway Avenue

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Caley Student Story 1:
Railway Avenue

Railway Avenue was named after the railroad. The Canadian Pacific Railway built the cattle stockyards in 1892 because Cayley was the last flat place to hold the cattle before going downhill to Nanton. The Railroad named Cayley and some of the streets are named after workers.


There are five streets: Osler Street, Railway Avenue, Ross Avenue, Hammond Avenue and Nanton Avenue. One hundred people lived in Cayley at this time. You couldn’t find a place to park your wagon or tie up your horse. The CPR named the town after an old man named Judge Honorable Cayley who was also a newspaper editor.

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