1890 marks the beginning of the settlement which became the town of Olds. When the rail line reached the sixth siding (Olds) out of Calgary, a section foreman named David Shannon arrived on an open handcar.
On 27 July 1891, the first through train made the trip from Calgary to south Edmonton. A committee of CPR officials, charged with selecting names for the points along the line, suggested "Shannon", but this honour was declined by Mr. Shannon and the town site was named for a CPR traffic manager, George Olds.
Demographics: Median age is 42.4*
*Based on 2016 Census