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:
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:
Had to make everything:
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:
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:
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:
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.
Thanks for stopping by!