A school building evokes poignant memories for all of us. While other memories fade, those of people and events from our school years seem to stay with us. Perhaps that is why tearing down a school, especially one as stately as Alexandra school in Wetaskiwin, causes photographers to document the process, newspapers to pontificate and citizens to reminisce. Only in later years will the real loss be felt, the loss of another historic building.

Construction on Wetaskiwin's first school building, simply called the Wetaskiwin School, was started in July 1894 and completed in September at a cost of $2, 060. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire before it opened for classes. The school was rebuilt using the same plans and finally opened in December 1894. It is reported that the tower was painted with red, white and blue stripes.

  

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