Place Name: Blackburn
Feature Type (Year Approved): Close - Road (1991) , Drive East - Road (1991), Drive West - Road (1991), Place - Road (1991). They were short on road names that year.
Name Origins: Commemorative
English: locative name from Blackburn (Lancs), with reference to the township, the parish, the hundred, or to Blackburnshire in the Duchy of Lancs. The name was sometimes altered to or confused with Blakeborough, and may also appear as Blackbarn and Blackband.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
From Old English meaning a dark coloured stream. DB (1086)
From: A Dictionary of British Place Names
Cultural Affiliation: English
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
John Hiram Blackburn (1896-1972) was an accomplished pilot and businessman. Blackburn was born in Pennsylvania and in 1911 came with his family to Alberta. During WWI Blackburn trained as a pilot but did not see active duty. In 1930 he earned his private pilot's licence and went on to serve in WWII. Blackburn won the 1948 Webster Memorial Trophy as Canada's top amateur pilot. He began working as an insurance agent in 1930 and was named president of the Life Insurance Underwriters Association of Canada in 1962. Blackburn was the author of two books, The Blackburn Story and Land of Promise.
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