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Barons
Village
Village of Barons
Barons' last remaining elevators along the CPR tracks prior to demolition
Barons' last remaining elevators along the CPR tracks prior to demolition
Motto(s): 
Wheat Heart of the West
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district Lethbridge County
Incorporated  
 • Village May 6, 1910
Area
 (2016)
 • Land 0.81 km2 (0.31 sq mi)
Elevation
965 m (3,166 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total 341
 • Density 419.5/km2 (1,087/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
T0L 0G0
Highways Highway 23
Highway 520

Barons is a village in southern Alberta, Canada in a region referred to as Palliser's Triangle. It is located 51 kilometres (32 mi) north of Lethbridge along Highway 23. Barons was a filming location for a scene in the 1978 film Superman; the village's school was used to represent the school that young Clark Kent (the future Superman) attended.

History

The Canadian Pacific Railway purchased the present townsite of Barons in early 1909. Charles S. Noble, an agent for the CPR sold lots to settlers. The train station was originally named "Baron", but public usage eventually evolved to "Barons".

Barons became a village on May 6, 1910 and early buildings included a hardware store, a grocery store, lumber yards, a bank, a feedmill, a dance hall, an opera house and a hotel.

The Village of Barons was subject to a study in 2004 that investigated dissolution of the village to hamlet status under the jurisdiction of the County of Lethbridge.

The last two grain elevators were demolished in the summer of 2012.

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Barons recorded a population of 341 living in 132 of its 148 total private dwellings, a change of 8.3% from its 2011 population of 315. With a land area of 0.81 km2 (0.31 sq mi), it had a population density of 421.0/km2 (1,090/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Barons had a population of 315 living in 124 of its 139 total dwellings, a change of 14.1% from its 2006 population of 276. With a land area of 0.68 km2 (0.26 sq mi), it had a population density of 463.2/km2 (1,200/sq mi) in 2011.

The population of the Village of Barons according to its 2010 municipal census is 326, a 9.8% increase over its 2007 municipal census population of 297.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1916 (est.) 230 —    
1921 (est.) 500 +117.4%
1926 (est.) 350 −30.0%
1931 (est.) 300 −14.3%
1936 262 −12.7%
1941 231 −11.8%
1946 270 +16.9%
1951 360 +33.3%
1971 254 −29.4%
1976 283 +11.4%
1981 285 +0.7%
1991 262 −8.1%
1996 285 +8.8%
2001 284 −0.4%
2006 276 −2.8%
2011 315 +14.1%
2016 341 +8.3%
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Services

High speed wireless Internet access is available from multiple providers.

Infrastructure

Barons' wastewater drains to a sewage lagoon 0.5 km (0.3 mi) west of the village.

Water is supplied via a 16 km (9.9 mi) regional pipeline between Barons and the Village of Nobleford. The pipeline is a joint venture between Nobleford, Barons and the County of Lethbridge (NBC) in partnership with the Province of Alberta through its "Water for Life" program.

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