Contrary to what
popular culture might lead you to believe, the Town of Vulcan did not
get its name from science fiction. In 1910 a CPR surveyor, who had a
fondness for Roman Mythology, named the town after the Roman god of
fire. Originally all the streets in Vulcan were named after the gods and
goddesses of the classical world such as Juno, Mars and Jupiter. Vulcan
was incorporated as a village in 1912 and as a Town in 1921. In July
1927, a major tornado destroyed many homes and the new curling rink in
Vulcan boasted the largest grain storage capacity in Canada from 1920
until a fire in 1971. Due to this massive volume nine grain elevators
were built and would later be known as the "9 in a line". Due to the
changing economics of the agricultural industry, the original elevators
were taken down one by one. Today Vulcan has only one of the "prairie
A British Commonwealth Air Training Plan air force base, RCAF Station
Vulcan, was located a few kilometers southwest of the town during the
Second World War. Many of the old hangars still exist and the runways
can still be seen.
In the Star Trek television and feature film series Vulcan is the name
of the homeworld of Spock and his fellow Vulcans. Capitalizing on this
coincidence, the town has become a worldwide known tourist attraction
with the building of Star Trek themed tourist centre and replica of the
Starship Enterprise from Star Trek V.
Today the Town of Vulcan is a vibrant and proud community situated in
rural Alberta. Vulcan's high quality of life is evident. We offer first
class facilities while still maintaining friendly, rural hospitality.
Vulcan residents are warm and inviting and have understood for a long
time the advantages of our community. The Town of Vulcan offers all that
you need and more. We boast great health services, accommodations,
recreation, attractions, schools, professional and personal services
just to name a few. We invite you to explore Vulcan's frontier, a
community that offers you an experience from out of this world!
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