Place Name: Campbell Bridge, Road
Feature Type (Year Approved): Bridge (1969), Road (1988)
Name Origins: Commemorative
Scottish Gaelic: nickname from Gaelic caimbeul ‘wry or crooked mouth’. The surname is also found as Camille, Cammell, Camble.
English: variant of Cammell, under the influence of the Scottish name.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Cultural Affiliation: Scottish, English
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
Bridge: The current Campbell Bridge, which opened in 1969, takes its name from a bridge built by Duncan L. Campbell across Whitemud Creek in 1904. Campbell was born in Canada West in 1847, and brought his family to Strathcona in 1898. In 1902 he bought a farm and later built the bridge on his own land. He sold the farm in 1912, but the bridge was still standing in 1920. He was a member of the Old Timers' Association and helped found the Knox Presbyterian Church (now known as Knox-Metropolitan United Church) in 1907.
Road: After the turn of the 20th century, a station siding along the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway line (ED & BC, now Canadian National Railway) between Edmonton and St. Albert was named after Alex Campbell. At the time, he was a traffic manager for the ED & BC. His name has been perpetuated in the City of St. Albert, and within Edmonton by this road.
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