Canada re­mem­bers

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

I read with great in­ter­est the in­ter­view with the TV pre­sen­ter and cam­paigner Es­ther Rantzen about Baroness Bur­dett-Coutts ( My His­tory Hero, July). Per­haps it is wor­thy of note that Bur­dett-Coutts is known in an area of the Cana­dian prairies where two com­mu­ni­ties are linked to her.

The small ham­let of Bur­dett, Al­berta, is named for her hus­band who helped build the rail­way across the Cana­dian prairies. The other com­mu­nity is the vil­lage of Coutts, Al­berta, lo­cated on the Cana­dian-Amer­i­can bor­der.

Coutts is one of the busiest bor­der cross­ings in west­ern Canada and on the Canamex high­way, a pop­u­lar trade route that runs a con­sid­er­able length of the coun­try, and all the way down through the USA to Mex­ico. This vil­lage was named for the baroness her­self.

It seems rather amaz­ing that a woman so lit­tle known in her own coun­try is re­mem­bered through com­mu­nity names in this cor­ner of Canada. Anne M Michaelis, Al­berta, Canada

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