Nanton Grain Elevators
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Nanton is a town in southern Alberta, Canada. Nanton was named after Sir Augustus Meredith Nanton, of Winnipeg (1860–1925) who directed firms that offered financing for farms and ranches throughout the west. It is located south of Calgary, at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 533.
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In the Canada 2011 Census, the Town of Nanton had a population of 2,132 living in 905 of its 957 total dwellings, a 3.7% change from its 2006 population of 2,055. With a land area of 4.8 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi), it had a population density of 444/km2 (1,150/sq mi) in 2011.
The population of the Town of Nanton according to its 2009 municipal census is 2,124.
In 2006, Nanton had a population of 2,055 living in 853 dwellings, an 11.6% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 4.25 square kilometres (1.64 sq mi) and a population density of 483.3 per square kilometre (1,252 /sq mi).
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Nanton is known primarily for three distinct features. The first being its aviation museum - the Bomber Command Museum of Canada (also known as the Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum) situated adjacent to Highway 533. Second being its high number of antique shops, and third being its two fully restored grain elevators on north-bound Highway 2.
One of the main attractions at the aviation museum is its preserved Avro Lancaster bomber FM159 which performs regular runs of its Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. The aviation museum is also home to a number of other significant RAF Bomber Command era aircraft, which include a Bristol Blenheim Mk IV, a Halifax, a Handley Page Hampden, a Short Stirling, a Vickers-Armstrong Wellington, an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, and the 'wooden wonder', the De Havilland Mosquito.
The Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre is a set of restored grain elevators located in the centre of Nanton. The "Save One" society's goal is to preserve examples of old grain elevators to educate visitors about the town's, and Alberta's, agricultural history.
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