The Roads That Lead To…
Have you ever wondered about the roads that lead into, out of or around Lethbridge? How did they get named? Some are old, some new and some have wound their way into the pages of history. Join us on the road to…
The 6-Mile Coulee Road/ Southeast Entrance Road was at one time the main road into the city from the south and was in use by the 1920s. The narrow, unimproved road ran atop the old railway grade and was also referred to as the Sunshine Trail or Coutts Road. It was called the Airport Road in 1939 and renamed Mayor Magrath Drive in 1947.
The Jail Road was once the main road into Lethbridge from the east.
The Laundry Hill Road now joins 6th Avenue to Whoop Up Drive. The Lethbridge Laundry was located at 6th Avenue and 4th Street South, hence the name. It was the first route to and from the river valley.
Brewery Hill Road is the western approach to the city. It wound south under the High Level Bridge, up the slight hill pass the Lethbridge Brewery and Gardens to 1st Street South.
Henderson Lake Road was there when the Henderson Park was constructed in 1911. When housing development in the area increased in the 1950s, the “Park Drive” roadway became North Parkside Drive.
Macleod Trail Road ran north and south atop the coulee where the Lethbridge Lodge parking lot is today. The road ran in front of the Galt Hospital (now the Galt Museum & Archives).
Galt Street or 2nd Street is now called Scenic Drive.
North Hill Road once ran along the bottom of the coulee adjacent to 5th Street North. It was closed to make way for the new landfill site.
As long as the roads aren’t closed for construction, marathons or other temporary reasons, you can find your way to the Galt Museum & Archives – open year-round. More information about the Galt is at www.galtmuseum.com.