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    (December 23, 1912- )
    Township in southern Alberta (Division #5; between Calgary and Lethbridge)
    Named for the Roman god of fire Vulcan
    2016 population: just under 2,000
    ‘Official Star Trek Capital of Canada’ (2009)
    Gene Roddenberry was barely a toddler at its incorporation.
    It was ravaged by a major tornado in 1927 — which took the new curling rink with it.
    While the average low temperature can reach 8 degrees Fahrenheit (-13 Celsius), the record low has gone just shy of -40 (or -40).
    Its dry continental climate regularly breeds long cold winters.
    Wheat, barley, and rapeseed (canola oil) represent the chief crops of its agriculture-based economy.
    The Star Trek-themed Tourism and Trek Station is a core driver of the tourism-based economy.
    To that end, not until the late 1980s, when the town was in freefall (and the Main Street hotel boarded up) did it actually take notice of the coincidence.
    The Vulcan Tinman Triathlon – held in June – routinely has around 1,000 participants per year.

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