Town of Mayerthorpe
This bustling little town boasts various recreation and cultural facilities in Mayerthorpe and surrounding area: public library, arena, curling rink, outdoor swimming pool, sports grounds, golf course with grass greens, Diamond Centre (accommodation up to 400 people), ball diamond, parks, skateboard park, Senior’s Friendship Center, BMX bike natural dirt track, and Teen Center. Within easy access are several good recreation areas, including the Paddle River Dam, Lessard Lake, and Dolberg Lake which offer excellent fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, sail boarding and sailing.
Robert Ingersoll Mayer (1881-1937), a civil engineer for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad moved to Alberta from Indianapolis with his wife, Emma, in 1908. They homesteaded along the Little Paddle River and accepted an invitation to operate the post office. The name Mayerville was first proposed for the post office, and when that was rejected they changed it to Mayerthorpe, adding a suffix understood to mean village or hamlet.”
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