PasKaPoo Park Historical
Museums and The Smithson International Truck
The first seeds of this park were planted in the early 1960's with the foreside
of local newspaper columnist Fred Schutz. When the first church ever built in Rimbey became too small for its
growing congregation and the building was slated to be demolished or sold to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Fred
lobbied hard to keep this piece of history in Rimbey. So in 1963 he became the first president of the Rimbey
Historical Society. In 1965 the Society obtained land for the park site and moved the historic “vertical log
church” onto the property as the nucleus of the museum. Lieutenant-Governor Grant MacEwan officially opened the
Historic PasKaPoo Park in a ceremony held in 1967.
1987 discussion started with regards to the collection of International Trucks of Ken Smithson’s. Over the
next 3 years funding possibilities were investigated. On May 15, 1990
the new building to house the trucks was realized and this new building would be named the
International Truck Museum”
January 20, 1991 the Society, with grant assistance from the Ponoka County, purchased
the Smithson International Truck collection of nineteen refurbished International Trucks and a building was
constructed to house the collection.
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