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Derwent
Hamlet
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 10
Municipal district County of Two Hills No. 21
Founded 1928
Incorporated
(Village)
June 25, 1930
Dissolved September 1, 2010
Area
 (2011)
 • Total 0.38 km2 (0.15 sq mi)
Elevation
617 m (2,024 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total 100
 • Density 260.0/km2 (673/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
Highways Highway 45
Highway 41
Waterway Lac Cote

Derwent is a hamlet in central Alberta, Canada within the County of Two Hills No. 21. It is located on Highway 45, approximately 41 kilometres (25 mi) north of Vermilion.

Derwent dissolved from village status to become a hamlet on September 1, 2010. It originally incorporated as a village on June 25, 1930.

Demographics

As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Derwent recorded a population of 85 living in 47 of its 68 total private dwellings, a change of -15% from its 2011 population of 100. With a land area of 0.37 km2 (0.14 sq mi), it had a population density of 229.7/km2 (595/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, Derwent had a population of 100 living in 53 of its 75 total dwellings, a -14.5% change from its 2006 population of 117. With a land area of 0.38 km2 (0.15 sq mi), it had a population density of 260/km2 (670/sq mi) in 2011.

The population of the Hamlet of Derwent according to its 2009 municipal census is 125.

Location

Derwent lies 41 km north of Vermilion, 35 km south of Elk Point, 20 km east of Myrnam, and 38 km west of Dewberry on Highway 45, 7 km west of Highway 41.

History

Established in 1928 when the Canadian Pacific Railway opened a rail line through the region, it was named after Derwent, Derbyshire, England. Prior to this name, the community was briefly known as Monkman (purportedly after the temporary stay in the community of Albert Monkman, an important member of the 1885 Metis Provisional Government headed by Louis Riel) and, before that, the Native Americans of the region referred to it as Penguix. The population peaked at 301 in 1959, but declined rapidly after the construction of the bridge to Elk Point and the closure of the local grain elevator. The subsequent abandonment of the Lloydminster to Starr rail line in 2005 - 2007 signaled the final chapter in Derwent's rail access. Only two new homes have been built since the 1980s and the last business building permit issued was in 2001.

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