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The Man Known as Mr. Banff

Photo by Byron Harmon (1935) courtesy Whyte Museum

Adventurer, entrepreneur, taxidermist and newspaperman Norman Luxton put Banff on the map in the early 1900s. A tireless advocate for tourism, he helped established Banff Indian Days, the Banff Winter Carnival and the Luxton Museum of the Plains Indian. Luxton personified the Wild West by dressing in a buckskin jacket and signature Stetson. The Stuff of Legend: The Luxton Family in Banff and the Bow Valley at the Whyte Museum includes artifacts, photographs, and video clip recollections of Stoney elders and others who remember ‘Mr Banff’. — Lisa Stephens

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