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Commerce

Coalgate (1912–1913)
Former village
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district Lethbridge County
Founded 1912
Incorporated (village) July 9, 1912
Name change December 17, 1913
Dissolved May 13, 1926
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)

Commerce is a former village in southern Alberta, Canada within Lethbridge County. It was located within township 9, range 22, west of the fourth meridian, northwest of the City of Lethbridge between the Village of Nobleford and the Town of Picture Butte. It was known as the Village of Coalgate from 1912 to 1913.

History

The community was founded in 1912 as a residential area for the Chinook coal mine northwest of Lethbridge. It was incorporated as the Village of Coalgate on July 9, 1912. The village was renamed to Commerce on December 17, 1913 to reflect the name of its post office. Its population in 1913 was 294, and it reached a population of 360 in 1921.

The Chinook coal mine closed on January 25, 1924, and its population declined to an estimated 100 in 1924 and an estimated 50 in 1925. The village subsequently dissolved on May 13, 1926.

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