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Province donates to restore barracks
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Fred Bradley, chair of the Crowsnest Historical Society, Pat Rypien, president of the Crowsnest Historical Society and Livingston-Macleod MLA Pat Stier.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
On Nov. 2, Livingston-Macleod MLA Pat Stier presented a cheque for $75,000 to the Crowsnest Pass Historical Society to help fund the restoration of the Alberta Provincial Police barracks in Coleman.

The money will help fund the approximately $700,000 project that will see the installation of a permanent exhibit on prohibition in the barracks to commemorate a tragic prohibition era conflict between bootleggers and lawmen. It is scheduled to be open to the public by Canada’s 150th birthday.
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“It’ll be an important heritage attraction in the Crowsnest Pass,” said Fred Bradley, chair of the Crowsnest Historical Society. “It’s part of a fascinating legal and social history.”

All but about $125,000 of the project’s cost has been raised, said Bradley.

In 1922 a pair of bootleggers gunned down Constable Stephen Lawson of the Alberta Provincial Police in front of the barracks. Emelio Picariello and Florence “Filumena” Losandro stood trial in Calgary for the crime. On May 2, 1923, both went to the gallows in Fort Saskatchewan. The 22-year old was the first and only woman ever to be hanged in Alberta.
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Calgary firm, Westwind Design and Display has won the contract to develop a permanent exhibit in the barracks. Work on both the interior and exterior of the building will be awarded to local contractors. The building’s roof, chimney and foundation have already been restored.

The APP barracks was built by the international Coke and Coal Company and eventually leased to the provincial police. It acted as barracks, office space, jail and living space for Const. Lawson and his family.
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