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Beiseker
Village
Village of Beiseker
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Motto(s): 
Crossroads to the Future
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Calgary Region
Census division 6
Municipal district Rocky View County
Founded 1908
Incorporated  
 • Village February 23, 1921
Area
 (2016)
 • Land 2.85 km2 (1.10 sq mi)
Elevation
915 m (3,002 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total 819
 • Density 287.1/km2 (744/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
Postal code span
T0M 0G0
Highways Highway 9
Highway 72
Highway 806

Beiseker is a village in in the Canadian province of Alberta, approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) northeast of Calgary. It is considered to be an outermost part of the Calgary Region and is included within Calgary's Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). The village is surrounded by rural Rocky View County, and the closest neighbouring communities are Irricana and Acme.

History

Lying in a belt of rich black soil, Beiseker was developed as an agricultural service centre. It was founded by the Calgary Colonization Company whose purpose was to promote settlement by demonstrating the grain growing potential of the area. The Village name comes from Thomas Beiseker, one of the partners and vice-president of the company. Initial colonization took place in 1908 when the company recruited a number of ethnic German settlers from the Great Plains of the Dakotas. This is reflected in the number of German family names which predominate the area.

The Village began to grow in 1910 when the branch line of the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed. In 1910, the first general store was opened in a large two story building which housed the school and dance hall. The Grand Trunk Pacific line - now owned by Canadian National Railway - was constructed in 1912 to the east of the Central Business district. Telephone arrived in 1912 and electricity in 1928. With the construction and intersection of Highways 9, 72 and 806 at the northeast edge of the Village, Beiseker came to have a very favourable location in terms of road and rail access. Since it is located almost equidistant from Calgary and Drumheller, Beiseker began to emerge as a local service and trade centre for the surrounding rural agricultural area. Village status was achieved in 1921.

The surrounding area's great potential for grain-growing is shown by Beiseker's status as "World Wheat King Capital", or as a top producing area of wheat.

Arts and culture

Several locations in and around Beiseker were featured in the filming of Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain, including the site of the 'Twist Ranch' that figures importantly in the penultimate scene of the film.

In 2016, Beiseker was selected as a filming location for FX Network's show Fargo.

Mascot

In the early 1990s, the Village of Beiseker began promoting itself with the mascot, "Squirt the Skunk", which included promotional items such as pins and postcards. A "Squirt the Skunk" statue, 13 ft (4.0 m) in height, was erected in the campground near Highway 72. In addition, a "Squirt the Skunk" costume was made so the mascot may appear at village events.

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Beiseker recorded a population of 819 living in 331 of its 338 total private dwellings, a 4.3% change from its 2011 population of 785. With a land area of 2.85 km2 (1.10 sq mi), it had a population density of 287.4/km2 (744/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Beiseker had a population of 785 living in 323 of its 338 total dwellings, a -2.4% change from its 2006 population of 804. With a land area of 2.84 km2 (1.10 sq mi), it had a population density of 276.4/km2 (716/sq mi) in 2011.

The population of the Village of Beiseker according to its 2008 municipal census is 837.

In 2006, Beiseker had a population of 804 living in 318 dwellings, a 4.1% decrease from 2001. The Village has an area of 2.84 km2 (1.10 sq mi) and a population density of 283.5 inhabitants per square kilometer.

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