Landmarks on Campus

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Water Tower

Water towers were once as integral to rural communities as any other structure. Without them, small towns simply could not have existed. With less than 40 municipal water towers remaining in Alberta, Olds College is proud to have one of the few remaining as the focal point of our skyline, paying tribute to the generations who came before us and built up our College and our community.

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1986 World Plowing Championship Peace Cairn

The 1986 Cairn of Peace is a fixture that was unveiled as part of the opening ceremonies of the illustrious World Plowing Championships competition. The Cairn celebrating the 33rd World Plowing Championships is located on the lawn to the west of the Alumni Centre.

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2013 World Plowing Championship Peace Cairn

The 2013 Cairn of Peace is a fixture that was unveiled as part of the opening ceremonies of the 60th Annual World Plowing Championships competition. This cairn can be found in the Constructed Wetlands. It was designed and constructed by Olds College students, and includes a stone from all 29 nations who competed in the championships.

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4-H Cairn

The 4-H Cairn was originally unveiled in 1967 as a commemoration of 50 years of 4‑H work at Olds College. The two storied organizations have a history that begins right on our campus, as our founder and first principal, W.J. Elliott established the first 4-H club in Alberta on our campus. Over 100 years later, we still work in partnership to encourage hands on learning, dedication to community, and effective teamwork and leadership among young Albertans. The 4-H Cairn was rededicated in the summer of 2017 as part of the 4-H Centennial celebrations.

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Heritage Barn

The Heritage Barn, also known simply as The Red Barn, provides the anchor for the south end and Main Entrance into the Botanic Gardens and Constructed Wetlands. It is the oldest building standing on our campus. 

Despite repainting, the barn was kept its original red colour as a call back to earlier times, when paint was expensive and hard to procure for farmers. Farmers created their own linseed oil based paint, and would mix milk, lime, and rust into the paint, which would result in the bright red that we have come to know as the traditional colour for barns. This homemade paint was used not for esthetic reasons, but because it would kill fungi and mosses that tried to grow on the wooden structure.