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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Birtle Indian Residential School Union Stockyards Highway 256 Concrete Bridge Matchettville School

In collaboration with CBC Manitoba, the Manitoba Historical Society is drawing attention to unique, abandoned historic structures around the province. Among the places profiled in this weekly radio feature will be schools, churches, stores, homes, grain elevators, military bases, and more. Listen to the Weekend Morning Show on Sunday mornings around 7:45.

Go here for a list (and map) of abandoned historic sites featured in the series.

If you would like to suggest an historic site for the series, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Episodes (MP3 format)




28 June 2015

Birtle Indian Residential School (Birtle, Municipality of Prairie View)

Audio (7 minutes)

5 July 2015

Union Stockyards (Winnipeg)

Audio (8 minutes)

12 July 2015

Lakeside Fresh Air Camp for Children (RM of Gimli)

Audio (11 minutes)

19 July 2015

Bombing and Gunnery School No. 7 (Paulson, RM of Dauphin)

Audio (7 minutes)

26 July 2015

McArdle Salt Works (near Lake Winnipegosis)

Audio (7 minutes)

2 August 2015

Matchettville School No. 1342 (Municipality of Norfolk-Treherne)

Audio (7 minutes)

9 August 2015

Telecommunications Repeater Station (RM of Morris)

Audio (7 minutes)

16 August 2015

Rosehill Limestone Quarry and Kilns (RM of Siglunes)

Audio (7 minutes)

23 August 2015

Gervais Bowstring Arch Bridge (RM of Portage la Prairie)

Audio (6 minutes)

30 August 2015

York Lodge / Kirchhoffer Lodge / The Chimney (Delta Marsh, RM of Portage la Prairie)

Audio (7 minutes)

6 September 2015

Sidney Brickworks (Sidney, RM of North Norfolk)

Audio (8 minutes)

13 September 2015

Lake of the Woods Grain Elevator (Elva, RM of Two Borders)

Audio (6 minutes)

20 September 2015

Little Saskatchewan River Generating Station / Hydroelectric Power Dam (RM of Whitehead)

Audio (5 minutes)

27 September 2015

Old Deloraine Bank Vault (Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester)

Audio (6 minutes)

4 October 2015

Lang House (RM of Pembina)

Audio (6 minutes)

11 October 2015

Ninette Sanatorium (Ninette, RM of Prairie Lakes)

Audio (6 minutes)

18 October 2015

Vulcan Iron Works (105 Maple Street North, Winnipeg)

Audio (6 minutes)

25 October 2015

Clay Banks Bison Jump (Municipality of Cartwright-Roblin)

Audio (7 minutes)

1 November 2015

Copley Anglican Church and Cemetery (Municipality of Two Borders)

Audio (7 minutes)

8 November 2015

Betsey Ramsay Grave (Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton)

Audio (7 minutes)

15 November 2015

Carnegie Monument (Municipality of Riverdale)

Audio (6 minutes)

22 November 2015

Manitoba Glass Company Site (Beausejour)

Audio (7 minutes)

29 November 2015

Rapid City School No. 124 (Rapid City, RM of Oakview)

Audio (6 minutes)

6 December 2015

Mallard Lodge / Delta Marsh Field Station (RM of Portage la Prairie)

Audio (9 minutes)

13 December 2015

Star Mound / Star Mound School No. 413 (Municipality of Louise)

Audio (6 minutes)

20 December 2015

Kilkenny General Store (Broomhill, Municipality of Two Borders)

Audio (8 minutes)

3 January 2016

Port Nelson Bridge and Island (Hudson Bay, Northern Manitoba)

Audio (11 minutes)

10 January 2016

Elma Pool Hall and Residence (Elma, RM of Whitemouth)

Audio (7 minutes)

17 January 2016

Canadian Pacific Railway Engine House (Reston, RM of Pipestone)

Audio (5 minutes)

24 January 2016

Harrison Mill and Grain Elevators (Holmfield, Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

Audio (7 minutes)

31 January 2016

Fort Ellice (RM of Ellice-Archie)

Audio (8 minutes)

7 February 2016

Defence Industries Limited Cordite Plant / Transcona Cordite Plant (RM of Springfield)

Audio (8 minutes)

14 February 2016

Fort Daer (Pembina, North Dakota)

Audio (7 minutes)

21 February 2016

Manitoba College of Pharmacy Building (422 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg)

Audio (6 minutes)

28 February 2016

Loyal Orange Lodge (Graysville, RM of Dufferin)

Audio (8 minutes)

6 March 2016

Flee Island Entrenchments (RM of Portage la Prairie)

Audio (8 minutes)

13 March 2016

Scheppers Agricultural College / Sacred Heart College (Swan Lake, Municipality of Lorne)

Audio (8 minutes)

20 March 2016

SS Alpha Shipwreck (RM of Victoria)

Audio (7 minutes)

27 March 2016

Bender Hamlet (RM of Armstrong)

Audio (7 minutes)

3 April 2016

Leacock House “The Castle” (Birtle, Municipality of Prairie View)

Audio (9 minutes)

10 April 2016

La Riviere Ski Slopes (La Riviere, RM of Pembina)

Audio (7 minutes)

17 April 2016

Bradley Gravesite (Emerson, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

Audio (8 minutes)

24 April 2016

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church (Sclater, RM of Mountain)

Audio (6 minutes)

1 May 2016

Hartney Town Hall (220 West Railway Street, Hartney, Municipality of Grassland)

Audio (7 minutes)

8 May 2016

Atkinson House (RM of Hamiota)

Audio (7 minutes)

15 May 2016

Mapping Manitoba’s historic sites, part 1

Audio (9 minutes)

22 May 2016

Mapping Manitoba’s historic sites, part 2

Audio (9 minutes)

29 May 2016

Northern Woods and Water Route Monument (RM of Rosser)

Audio (7 minutes)

5 June 2016

Valleyview Building (Brandon Mental Health Centre, First Street, Brandon)

Audio (8 minutes)

12 June 2016

Kirkjubol Cemetery (Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park)

Audio (8 minutes)

19 June 2016

A. E. McKenzie Building (30 Ninth Street, Brandon)

Audio (8 minutes)

26 June 2016

Lyons House (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

Audio (8 minutes)

3 July 2016

HMCS Churchill / CFS Churchill / Churchill Naval Base (Churchill)

Audio (8 minutes)

10 July 2016

Redemptorist Fathers College / St. Vladimir’s College (Roblin, Municipality of Roblin)

Audio (8 minutes)

17 July 2016

Valley River Suspension Bridge (RM of Dauphin)

Audio (9 minutes)

24 July 2016

Totogan Town Site (Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone)

Audio (10 minutes)

31 July 2016

Canada Cement Plant (McGillivray Boulevard, Winnipeg)

Audio (9 minutes)

7 August 2016

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Quadra, Municipality of Prairie View)

Audio (10 minutes)

14 August 2016

Fort Ellice trails: Neepawa, RM of Wallace-Woodworth, and Birtle

Audio (9 minutes)

21 August 2016

Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Dam and Pump House (Rivers, Municipality of Riverdale)

Audio (9 minutes)

28 August 2016

Camp Hughes (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

Audio (9 minutes)

4 September 2016

Eighth Street Bridge (Brandon)

Audio (9 minutes)

11 September 2016

Fairford Railway Bridge (RM of Grahamdale)

Audio (8 minutes)

18 September 2016

Brookdale Grain Warehouse (Brookdale, Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

Audio (7 minutes)

25 September 2016

Swistun Buddas (RM of Harrison Park)

Audio (13 minutes)

2 October 2016

Elie Strawboard Plant (Elie, RM of Cartier)

Audio (8 minutes)

9 October 2016

Davidson House (344 Main Street East, Neepawa)

Audio (6 minutes)

16 October 2016

Manitoba Industrial Farm / Prison Farm (RM of Reynolds)

Audio (12 minutes)

23 October 2016

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery (Rofton, RM of Stuartburn)

Audio (12 minutes)

30 October 2016

Scallion House and Granary (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

Audio (9 minutes)

6 November 2016

The town of Pointe du Bois (Whiteshell Provincial Park)

Audio (10 minutes)

13 November 2016

Emerson CPR Station (Emerson, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

Audio (9 minutes)

20 November 2016

Biffie Burn Monument (Bowsman, Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman)

Audio (7 minutes)

27 November 2016

Ivan Franko Hall (Lorne Hill Road, RM of Springfield)

Audio (10 minutes)

4 December 2016

Brookeville Granite Quarry (East Braintree, RM of Reynolds)

Audio (11 minutes)

11 December 2016

J. R. Watkins Company Building (90 Annabella Street, Winnipeg)

Audio (10 minutes)

18 December 2016

Updates on a few sites from the past 18 months (Terry Macleod’s retirement)

24 December 2016

Flax Fibre Warehouses (North Railway Street, Killarney, RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

Audio (8 minutes)

31 December 2016

Winnipeg Canoe Club (47 Dunkirk Drive, Winnipeg)

Audio (11 minutes)

8 January 2017

Sovereen Eight-sided Log House (Swan River)

Audio (9 minutes)

15 January 2017

Masonic Temple / Mother Tucker’s Restaurant (335 Donald Street, Winnipeg)

Audio (9 minutes)

22 January 2017

Chapman Museum (Municipality of Riverdale)

Audio (9 minutes)

29 January 2017

Duck Factory No. 1 Building (Oak Hammock Marsh, RM of Rockwood)

Audio (9 minutes)

5 February 2017

Langtry Fox Farm Tower (RM of Rockwood) / Rempel Janz Fox Barn (RM of Hanover) / Emerson Fox Barn (Emerson, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

Audio (10 minutes)

12 February 2017

Grainfields School No. 2186 (Municipality of Roblin)

Audio (12 minutes)

19 February 2017

Gilbert Plains Beef Ring Building (Municipality of Gilbert Plains)

Audio (9 minutes)

26 February 2017

Manitoba Sugar Company Plant (555 Hervo Street, Winnipeg)

Audio (15 minutes)

5 March 2017

Reginald Buller Monument (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg)

Audio (17 minutes)

12 March 2017

St. Peter Dynevor Anglican Rectory / Dynevor Indian Hospital / St. John’s Cathedral Boys’ School (1147 Breezy Point Road, RM of St. Andrews)

Audio (12 minutes)

19 March 2017

Wasyl Negrych Pioneer Homestead (Municipality of Gilbert Plains)

Audio (12 minutes)

26 March 2017

Next week, we will discuss a river that was the major shipping route for supplies destined for northern Manitoba. A change in the spring of 1893 caused it to be abandoned ever since.


See also:

Abandoned Manitoba by Gordon Goldsborough, Winnipeg: Great Plains Publications, 2016.


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2017

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