Place Name: CPR Irvine
Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1997)
Name Origins: Commemorative
The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), also known formerly as CP Rail (reporting mark CP) between 1968 and 1996, and known as simply Canadian Pacific is a historic Canadian Class I railroad incorporated in 1881. The railroad is owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, which began operations as legal owner in a corporate restructuring in 2001.
Scottish: locative name from Irvine (Ayrs) or Irving (Dumfriess).
Irish: from Ó hEireamhóin ‘descendant of Eireamhón’, a personal name of uncertain origin.
English: a variant of Erwin.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Cultural Affiliation: Scottish, English, Irish
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
At the beginning of the 1900s this land was owned by Nancy Irvine and called the Irvine Estate. In 1906 she sold part of her land to Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and a station was built there in 1908. It was also here that the terminus of the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway was located. In 1912 the neighbourhood was still known as Irvine Estate. In 1997 the south side Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railway yards east of Gateway Boulevard were amalgamated into one neighbourhood, CPR Irvine.
This neighbourhood belongs to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Company and is used for railway purposes. It is located to the west of another CPR holding. The first train to come to Strathcona (now Edmonton) was the CPR-operated Calgary and Edmonton Railway line in 1891. The CPR soon established an infrastructure in Edmonton. In 1902 a wooden freight shed measuring 67 metres by 7.4 metres was built at 103 Street and 80 Avenue. It was dismantled in the 1960s. The 1908 Strathcona CPR Station still exists and is now a bar and restaurant.
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