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image by Arnaud Leroy, 24 January 2006
Source: Weyburn town hall
from the Weyburn website
The blue shield of Weyburn's Coat of Arms represents the beautiful blue sky of the prairies and the portion of the Souris River through Weyburn. Our green fields are depicted by the green chevron, and recognition is given to the oil industry with the insertion of the black bars.
The backbone of the community is recognized by the gold wheat head. Transportation, industrial development and the railway to which Weyburn owes its beginning are symbolized by the gold cogged wheel. Our unique water tower is given a place of honour as it depicts the early structures in our community.
Our pioneering forefathers -- whether they were breaking sod, drilling for oil, or constructing road and rail -- forged ahead with a vision, applying their natural instincts to overcome the many challenges confronting them beneath the open, blue skies of the prairies. The achievements of our pioneers are reflected in the success our community enjoys today.
We enter into a new era -- world advancement in communication, transportation, and production technology forces us to compete in a global society. As our Coat of Arms depicts, we must now be the pioneers of today, with the vision and the commitment to achieve progress and prosperity for the future.
The same page has a large image of the arms (though Arnaud's is nicer). Note that the arms were adopted without the benefit of professional heralds, and if the city were to approach the heralds, the Green Chevron and Black Bars on a Blue background would surely be changed. Generally, they avoided the cluttered-landscape-on-a-shield-shape often seen on North American self-adopted arms.
City facts from city website
Dean McGee, 25 January 2006
- Population: 10,000
- Trading Area: 50,000
- Economic Base: Agricultural service and shipping centre; Oilfield exploration, development and service; Manufacturing and processing; Business and industry services.
- Public Facilities: 10 educational facilities; 5 hospitals and special care facilities; 6 recreational facilities; 3 arts, cultural and library facilities.
- Shopping, Tourism and Business: More than 220 stores and personal services; More than 20 restaurants; 8 hotels and motels; 8 meeting and convention facilities; 8 legal, accounting and other business services; 3 parks.
- Key Distances: Regina 114 km (71 miles); Calgary 874 km (543 miles); Winnipeg 563 km (350 miles); Minot 275 km (171 miles).
- Transportation: Moose Jaw-Minneapolis rail line; Municipal Airport; 3 highways including one to Minot, North Dakota via the North Portal border crossing.
- Communications: Radio station; Cable television; 2 newspapers; Full fiber optic and cellular telephone network.