Fort Desjarlais Site
the site of Fort Desjarlais an Independent fur trade post
that operated from about 1836 - 1858 on the
Souris River between Hartney and Lauder.
The Fort was on this riverbank - much of the site has eroded.
Wider view - there is evidence of grave sites in the bush at the centre
of this shot.
The fort was along the Yellowquill Trail which connected with Portage
and Winnipeg to the east and proceeded
southwest along the north bank of the Souris.
A short walk downstream takes us to another fur trade era site.
This buffalo vertebrae is a sample of the remains that are still
readily found at the site..
A smaller post, known only as "The American Fort" (ca. 1810- 1820) was
a kilometre, downriver, about the centre of this photo.
The site of the "American Fort".
The dark spots in the river are schools of small catfish.
This small patch of sunken ground likely indicates a grave. We know
many burials took
place here over the 20 year history of the site.