The treeless, dry land in southern Alberta was a tough sell to new settlers, so the CPR adopted a new sales approach––the package deal.
Their Ready-Made Farm packages were promoted heavily, especially in the rural United States and Denmark.
Aksel Nielsen purchased a Ready-Made Farm near Standard, Alberta, which included:
- 160 acres of land, fenced and ploughed
- A house, shed and barn
- A drilled well and pumphouse
Aksel married Marie, his Danish sweetheart and raised seven children on their Ready-Made Farm. The children grew up and moved on but returned every year for a Danish-style Christmas Eve feast.
When the farm changed hands, the house sat empty. In 2007, it was moved to the Museum to be restored.
In the not-so-distant future, we'll announce that one of Alberta's few remaining CPR farmhouses is Ready-Made for your visit!
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