Remember when: 1905

The Ponoka Volunteer Fire Department has been faithfully serving our community since we became a town in 1904.

Devastating 1905 fire

The Ponoka Volunteer Fire Department has been faithfully serving our community since we became a town in 1904. When the school bell rang early one Sunday morning in March 1905 the crew shown here with a horse drawn pumper, ladder and hose carts responded to one of our town’s most destructive fires.

Most of the buildings going south along Railway Street were quickly destroyed, including a hardware store, bowling alley, livery stable, restaurant, lawyer’s office and the Bank of Commerce office, leaving only the Royal Hotel standing on the corner.

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