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Cardston Travel Guide

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Welcome to Cardston!

Located only 25 kilometres north of Montana, most residents of Cardston are relatives of its first settlers, a group of Mormon pioneers who arrived in 1887 after travelling from Utah on one of the last covered wagon migrations. The town is named after its founder, Charles Ora Card, and the original community centre and rest stop, known as the Pioneer Home, still stands, carefully preserved in its original location.

The striking Cardston Alberta Temple was built by pious settlers while they were still living in drafty log houses. Completed in 1923 after ten years of construction, the Temple is made of granite quarried from British Columbia, and every stone is hand-hewn. Built in 1907, the town's courthouse was also carefully crafted and decorated by local artisans, and remained in use longer than any other in Alberta. Once mentioned in an episode of The Simpson's, Cardston's Remington Carriage Museum has North America's largest collection of horse-drawn sleighs, buggies and farm equipment, and the artful Museum of Miniatures shrinks the Wild West down to a manageable size.

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