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Volunteers are needed to repair Fort’s wagons

Museum's historic ice wagon

The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police entered its historic ice wagon in the 2010 Santa Claus Parade. There are nine other wagons that need to be repaired.

The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police wants the public’s help restoring several historic wagons.
Volunteers are needed to help restore the nine wagons stored at the 1884 North West Mounted Police Barracks provincial historic site.
The plan is to restore the wagons and use them in the Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade and on other occasions.
“Wouldn’t it be great if we could get our wagons in road-worthy condition?” Town of Fort Macleod economic development officer Martin Ebel said.
Ebel made his pitch for support Thursday during the monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Luigi’s Pizza and Steak House.
Ebel, who is also a member of the Santa Claus Parade committee, explained the wagons could be restored and used to haul dignitaries in the parade.
At present the committee incurs added costs by renting from the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston.
Ebel stressed the people at the Remington Museum are great to work with, but added it makes sense to restore and use wagons already in Fort Macleod.
“We would be highlighting our own history,” Ebel said. “It’s quite feasible over the next two years we might be able to get that into place.”
The Fort Museum in November brought its ice wagon out of storage to join the Santa Claus Parade.
“It was good to have it in the public eye so everybody could enjoy it,” museum site manager Dawn Lauder said.
Lauder, who also oversees the barracks site, welcomed the idea of a small group of people meeting regularly for coffee and repairs to the wagon.
“Maybe we could get something done if everybody pitches in,” Lauder said.
People with time and carpentry skills are asked to contact the Fort Museum at 403-553-4703.

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