Letter from A.C. Wilby, June 22, 1936

Jasper Museum & Archives

In defence of his land.

The Swift property, known today as the Palisades, was unique in that it was the only privately owned land in Jasper National Park, up until the late sixties. Swift applied for and was granted a homestead patent prior to the establishment of the Park in 1907. The Dominion government, however, not interested in allowing privately owned land within the Park's boundary, offered Swift $6000 for the homestead. Swift agreed to sell, but when the government was unable to come up with the funds, Swift sold the land to Mr. A.C. Wilby, of Yorkshire England for $8,000. Wilby spent around $100,000 renovating the property and turning Swift's dilapidated homestead into a first class dude ranch, named Pyramid Mountain Lodge.

Letter from A.C. Wilby, June 22, 1936

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