Excerpt from Meaning of Canadian City Names
Lethbridge was staked out in the spring of 1885 and named after Wm. Lethbridge (1824-1901) the first president of the North Western Coal and Navigation Company, Ltd. Mr. Lethbridge was a partner in W. H. Smith and Son, booksellers, London, England. Prior to 1885 called Coal Banks. Information from C. A. Magrath, Ottawa and W. H. Smith and Son, London, England. Post office opened 1 October, 1885.
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