man started this quaint little town in 1980.With
many of the items and even some of the lumber being
donated by members of the community. His name is Len
Mohr and he is a retired building contractor from Spruce
Grove. He lived across the Rose Creek until his house
was flooded one spring and he moved across the creek
into a meadow where the town now sits.
He started building with the jailhouse which became his
home for a few years while he worked on other buildings
in the town. The next building he finished was the
saloon, which is across the street from the jailhouse.
From that point on he just kept building, never saying
what was next just building it. In 1984 he started
construction on the Cottonwood House and that was his
new home until he sold it in 1990. He has since moved to
Stony Plain and now resides on an acreage.
Miles and Judy Melin and their children, Corby and Deon,
purchased Em-Te Town in 1989. They opened the gates to
the public on the July long weekend of that year and
moved into the Cottonwood House in November of 1989.
Miles and Judy ended up living in that house for three
years until the log house on the hill was finished.
Here is a short chronological history of Em-Te Town:
1989 - finished Damant's and opened it as the
admissions booth, post office and store
1990 - church went up on the May long weekend. We
had a raising to which about 70 people came with their
hammers, handsaws, log peelers or their team of mules.
all workers were supplied with food, drink and a dance
that evening for their services. Their have been 75
weddings in the town since the church was built.
Construction was started on the cabins in January this
1991 - School went up this year on May long
weekend and we had another raising. About 60 people
showed up and everything went as it did the year before.
The fifth cabin was also finished this year and the
landscaping for the campgrounds began.
1992 - Sawbuck's Morg. was finished as well as
another cabin and new log corrals were built as well.
the arena, including bleachers and an announcers booth,
was started and finished that summer.
1993 - Log cabin #6 was built in the winter of
'93 and a shower house was built on the hill for the
cabins. Two more buildings were also moved in and they
became the granary and the tack shed.
1994 - More landscaping was done during the
summer months to increase the number of camping stalls.
A new bridge and main gate were also constructed this
1995 - The Cottonwood house became open for
viewing and a new banquet room was started in the early
spring. The camping area was expanded to 56 stalls with
more picnic tables and fire pits as well as a Gazebo for
the outdoor weddings.
1996 - The banquet room was finished and the
installation of the washrooms and kitchen began.
1997 - Finished the kitchen and installed water,
power and sewer systems.
1998 - No more free wood starting in January
because Ole's Svenson's Wood Sales was completed and
filled with split wood for the summer.
2000 - Early in the spring the Old Timer Motel
was started. The motel was finished in June of that