We'll always have Paris, even in Saskatchewan
In theory this sounds
like a good idea. I
would go see it if I was
The centuries-old Paris-of-the-Prairies debate officially ended at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
That was when the Village of Montmartre, population 500, opened its very own replica of France's most recognizable landmark, solidifying the farming community's claim to a moniker that has been exploited by the likes of Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon, Chicago and others over the past 100 years. It all unfolded to the tune of an accordion and the crack of champagne bottle on steel.
“We have the name, we have the tower,” proclaimed village Councillor Patsy Fisher.
“We are the Paris of the Prairies.”
The centrepiece of the Saskatchewan town's claim is an exact, 1/38-scale model of the Eiffel Tower.
This tower is 28 feet-
8.5 meters- tall
Location Paris, France Status
Constructed 1887 – 1889
Height Antenna/Spire 324 metres (1,063 ft)
Roof 300.65 metres (986 ft)
Top floor 273.0 m (896 ft)
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