History

History of Legal

Towards the end of the 18th century and at the beginning of the 19th century, settlers from the United States, the eastern provinces of Canada and even Europe, started to work their way westward to eventually take homesteads in the region now known as Legal. Among the earliest settlers were Theodore Gelot and Eugene Menard. Both of these gentlemen came from France via California searching for homesteads.

In 1894, they started homesteading in the Legal area. Soon many others, the majority coming from the province of Québec, were attracted by the rich fertile soil found in the area and a small community was formed.

L'abbe Morin had been chosen as colonizer for the west and his task was to recruit settlers from Québec. In 1889, the pioneers went ahead with plans to build their first chapel. By 1911-1912 with the completion of the C.N. Railway, plans were made to build a church. A small community was rapidly growing and from this small community the Village of Legal was born.

Through the years Legal has continued to lay its claim on being a progressive and friendly community rich in historical culture. On January 1st, 1998 Legal achieved "Town" status. Official bilingual status was proclaimed on April 1st, 2000. The Town of Legal has been federally proclaimed as "The National Capital of French Murals".

With deeply rooted community values you can still find multi-generational businesses operating in Town such as Legal Motors. People have chosen to lay claim to Legal and carry on the tradition of its forefathers. Of the small prairie towns, Legal continues to adapt to the surrounding environment, political landscape and societal changes. The passion of Legal can be felt the moment you enter the community.  If you are interested in genealogy, have a love of language, or want to experience rural living, the people of Legal will welcome you to their Town and invite you to celebrate successes together.

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