Themes in the Places Collection

My collection is arranged  alpabetically by Community, here are some sub-categories....



Boom Towns (Paper Cities)

False Starts

Fur Trade Sites

Ghost Towns

Stops on the Grand Trunk Pacific

Pre-Railroad Communities




Boom Towns (Paper Cities)

The Manitoba Boom of 1881 - 82 saw many attempts to profit from speculation about which location would be the next big thing. Manitoba was home to a few of these Paper Cities - Some were actual villages. Some did become real towns. Most didn't.

Dobbyn City
Manchester

Millford

Moberly
Mountain City

Rapid City

Turtle Mountain City
Souris City



False Starts

Homesteads were here before the railway. Villages were established - often where landowners hoped a railway would run. The  railways companies
decided roites and stations to meet their own needs. So many of the new villages from the early days had to move and start again.  Some kept the same name - some didn't.

Bradwardine
De Winton - Carberry

Carrolton - Carroll
Desford
Littleton - Cypress River
Old Deloraine  - Deloraine
Glenora
Gopher Creek - Virden

Hartney
Heaslip

Manchester - Melita
Manitoba City - Manitou
Newdale
Odanah - Minnedosa
Pilot Mound
Rounthwaite

Shoal Lake
Souris City - Wawanesa
Stockton
Strathclair
Tilsdale - Killarney
Wakopa



Fur Trade Sites

American Fort
Ash House
Brandon House
Fort Desjarlais
Fort Ellice
Fort Garry
Fort Mr. Grant Riding Mountain House
Souris Mouth
The Pas
York Factory



Ghost Towns

To me a Ghost Town was once a real town with businesses and churches etc. that is now virtually deserted. It might have vanished without a trace, or have a few derelict buildings. Quite a few railway towns established between 1890 and 1910 faded away once the railway shut down. I haven''t included the dozens of Sidings and Elevators that were never really towms to start with. I also haven't included the many villages where main streets have disappeared but a population still exists.

Asessippi
Bannerman
Bernice
Dand

Desford

Old Deloraine

Ebor
Grand Valley
Heaslip
Millford
Millwood
Odanah
Pettapiece
Scandanavia
Souris City
Turtle Mountain City
Tisdale
Wakopa









Stops on the Grand Trunk Pacific

The Grand Trunk Pacific established a new trans-continental line that passed through Western Manitoba
from 1906 - 1909, establishing a line of new towns named in alpabetical sequence.


Firdale
Gregg
Harte
Ingelow
Justice
Knox
Rivers
Pope

Oakner
St. Lazare
Uno



The Brandon Spur


Links

http://www.riversdalyheritage.ca/index.html

http://www.riversdalyheritage.ca/photos/gtp.html

http://www.riversdalyheritage.ca/GTP/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/ABCRailroadProject/




Pre-Railroad Communities

The first Euorpean settlers tended to pick nice spots for their would-be towns.  They liked to be near rivers where water and wood were available.
Often the railrod didn't favour such spots so many of these pre-railroad communities disn't last. Some did. Many of the names on a map in the mid 1880's indicated Post Offices - usually in a farm home.
I've only incliuded the communities that were actually starting to become villages.

Ancrum
Asessippi

Aweme
Brandon House
Bunclody
Butterfield
Currie's Landing
Desford

Old Deloraine

Fort Ellice
Glenora
Grand Valley
Grund
Heaslip
Manchester
Manitoba City
Millford
Odanah
Old Deloraine

Pilot Mound
Rapid City
Rounthwaite

Rowland
Scandanavia
Souris City
Sourisford
Stockton
Turtle Mountain City
Tisdale
Wakopa