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Southern Saskatchewan Trip 10

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Striking miners from Bienfait during the depression on September 29 1931 assembled in Estevan with their families to parade through the city to draw attention to their plight wanting better wages and working conditions. The RCMP confronted them and tried to break up the procession. Violence broke out and the police opened fire on the strikers, killing three and wounding others. It remains controversial to this day as locals alternately erase and restore the inscription on their headstone 'murdered by the RCMP'

This museum was constructed in Canada's centennial year 1967 to commemorate the North West Mounted Police's first outpost in this area:

This plaque celebrates Saskatchewan's entry into the Confederation Of Canada in 1905 and also the formation of the town of Estevan in 1909:

The site of one of the first settlers and big farming operations left to ruin:

Close up:

Then it was hitting the road again:

Then it was off to Cannington Manor, a historic park established in 1882 by Captain Edward Michell Pierce as an aristocratic English colony. He established an agricultural college to instruct bachelor sons of wealthy families to farm and homestead. The cultural and recreational life emulated upper class English society. Thoroughbred racing, polo matches, tennis, soccer, fox hunting etc.
It grew to a colony of 200 people with all the amenities they needed.
In 1901 the CPR created a branch line 10 km south of the village instead of through it and this distance was detrimental to the growth of the community. The passing of the founder, low grain prices and a drought soon led to the demise of the colony.
There are no original structures of the colony, but they faithfully reconstructed building and put markers on sites where they once stood. Antiques of the period were furnished in some of the houses.
The interpreter in period costume:

The house that became the young men's party house:

Inside the house:

These were actual antiques:

The attic with cots for those who partied too much and were unable to make it home:

Carpenter's shop:

Had to make everything:

The tools:

We were given a tea service on antique cups and saucers, a lot of different ones:

The blacksmith's shop:


The flour Mill had the only foundation still standing and each building had these signs telling about them:

The foundation:

Ernest Maltby was invited to be a partner in the Moose Mountain Trading Company and built the best house in the village with the finest furnishings he could find.

The splendid dining room:

Stove and china cabinet:

Spacious bedroom:

The only original structure still standing as it was kept up by the local people living around the area was the church:

It is still used today:

The site of some of the original prominent settlers:

Another recreation, it had signs all around detailing what the inside would have looked like as well as information on the two families living there:

My step dad was very interested in this site as he had an ancestor who used to play under the stairwell of the great house! His parents were both British, but very poor.
The ruins surrounding the place were interesting:

Another set:

This was the grand finale of the trip, saying goodbye to a historic site I will never see again:

I will exercise on the elliptical this morning, go to a bridge game this afternoon, and because my partner cancelled my Wednesday game, I end up having the rest of the weekdays and weekend off :))) I already did some club work last night, and just have my manager's report then I am done needed work. This evening I wish to take a step class as well as a cardio and sculpt class. I did not do my windows yesterday as the strong winds would have interfered with it, not to mention throwing dust and dirt against them anyway. There is the chance of showers this week as well. Do not know if there any more warmer days to get them done. Highs this week are only in the low 50's (10 C)
Hope you all have a totally terrific Tuesday!
This finally concludes my trip except for the hail storm video.
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    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful adventure and beautiful pictures with us. I feel like I was right there with you!!! So glad you enjoyed such a wonderful trip!!! How exciting to enjoy it in person!!!
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    Blessings and hugs,
    1588 days ago
  • ENUFF81020
    Hey, Linda,
    We have a little settlement over in Iowa called "Pioneer Village" that is similar to this settlement. There are some original structures and some re-creations as well, all were filled with original antiques from the time period. You would enjoy seeing that if you ever found yourself in this area. As a matter of fact, we have a lot of history around here that fits the types of photos and places you share here--maybe someday we can get together and play in each others' back yards.
    Itwould be fun!
    Gentle hugs,
    1589 days ago
    This is too cool Linda! Love Historical areas and ruins, etc. Very nice! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1591 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Wow! I really enjoyed your blog and the information that you shared. I have been to Canada three times but only to Quebec and Ontario. I would love to see your part of the country.
    1596 days ago
    I have never been here...but through you I feel like I have visited. Sure makes you think of a different way of life. Guess we shouldn't take anything for granted these day.
    thanks again for sharing.
    1596 days ago
    I really enjoy your tour of a part of Canada I've never seen -- the history and the beauty of the landscape.

    It's amazing that such a comfortable society could have been created in such a wilderness setting: so very British!!
    1596 days ago
    I love that you share your Canadian photos. Makes me feel like I've been there.
    1596 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your pics with us. Wonderful trip.
    1596 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    So interesting! What a neat trip! Thanks for sharing it with us! Have a terrific Tuesday! emoticon
    1596 days ago
    I have this sudden urge to watch Little House on the Prairie! lol. Looks like you had a fantabulous trip!
    1596 days ago
    Thanks for the travelogue! You take great pictures, and now I feel as if I've visited, too!
    1596 days ago
    More emoticon photos - wonderful trip!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    1596 days ago
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