Regina grew rapidly until the beginning of the Great Depression, in 1929, though only to a small fraction of the originally anticipated population explosion as population centre of the new province.

By this time, Saskatchewan was considered the third province of Canada in both population and economic indicators.

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There, the Territories were remote and of little concern.

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, wife of the then Governor General of Canada, named the new community Regina, in honour of her mother, Queen Victoria.

Note old Post Office (tower in left background), currently Prince Edward Building, at 11th Avenue.

Regina was incorporated as a city on 19 June 1903, and was proclaimed the capital of the 1905 province of Saskatchewan on , by the first provincial government, led by Premier Walter Scott; the monumental Saskatchewan Legislative Building was built between 19.

1908 City Hall on 11th Avenue between Rose and Hamilton Streets; Medical Arts Building in the background: city planners have since the '60s largely allowed dense public and commercial building to depart the central business district.

Many buildings of significance and value were lost during the period from 1945 through approximately 1970: Knox United Church was demolished in 1951; the Romanesque Revival city hall in 1964 (the failed shopping mall which replaced it is now office space for the Government of Canada) and the 1894 Supreme Court of the North-West Territories building at Hamilton Street and Victoria Avenue in 1965.

In 1962 Wascana Centre was begun, in an effort to make Regina as enjoyable and fulfilling for residents as it had long been the "metropole" for farmers and residents of small neighbouring towns.

Despite the setting, improbable though it always was compared with other more likely sites for the capitol, the efforts' results were favourable.

Thereafter, Saskatchewan never recovered its early promise and Regina's growth slowed and at times reversed.

In 1935, Regina gained notoriety for the Regina Riot, an incident of the On-to-Ottawa Trek.

The city is situated on a broad, flat, treeless and largely waterless plain, except for a large underground aquifer – at the time of its founding, a matter of national scandal and notoriety as to corrupt dealings at the time, since it is immediately adjacent to amply watered and treed rolling parklands.