On This Spot - Historic Alix Digital Walking Tour
On This Spot is a free to download historical walking tour app that lets people explore the history that surrounds them. The On This Spot app takes people on guided walking tours through the history that surrounds them with interactive then and now photos. The app is free to download and available on Android and iOS devices, and on this tour we will learn about the history of Alix and the stories of the historic buildings scattered around town. Alix was originally named Toddsville after Joseph Todd who first came to the area in the spring of 1900 from Michigan. The original quarter, which the Todds homesteaded, eventually became the site of the Village of Alix. The Village of Alix was officially incorporated on June 3rd, 1907. As Canadian Pacific Railway was established in the area, the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Sir William Van Horne, changed the name to Alix, after the first white woman settler in the area, Mrs. Alexia Westhead. Alix was home to Dr. Irene Parlby, who in 1921 was appointed Minister Without Portfolio when she was elected to the Provincial Government. She is one of the "Famous Five", captured in the sculpture of that name, honoring women who gave outstanding leadership and service to the Province of Alberta.