The Lone Pine District is the entire Township 31 and the south half of Township 32 in Range 27 in the Province of Alberta, plus a one mile strip along the east side of the area in Range 26. The area was named because of the Lone Pine Creek which meanders from northwest to southeast. The area was first surveyed in 1883, and was described as a "rolling prairie with second class soil." Over the years it has been proven that the Lone Pine district is most suited to mixed farming, with barley and oats being the predominant cereal crops grown. From 1901 to 1903, nearly every quarter section of land open for homesteading had been taken, with speculators buying up the other available lands and selling it to land-hungry immigrants. Settlers originated from many different countries, but immigrants from Germany, Norway, or Scotland were key, tempted by descriptions of the temperate climate with the blessing of the chinook, luscious grass belly-high to a tall horse, sod just waiting to be turned.