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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon House No. 4 Cairn (RM of Cornwallis)

The fourth (or, by some sources, the third) facility to be known as Brandon House, a fur-trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company, was established at this site in October 1828 by Chief Trader Francis Heron. It was abandoned in 1832.

In the early 20th century, physician David Alexander Stewart determined the approximate location of Brandon House from HBC records and, along with fellow physicians Sidney James Shepherd Peirce and Charles Arthur Baragar, he confirmed it. Baragar, a President of the Brandon Rotary Club, enlisted club members to erect a permanent marker at the site. A fieldstone cairn was dedicated at a well-attended ceremony on 7 October 1928, for the 100th anniversary of the post’s founding.

Unveiling the Brandon House No. 4 Cairn

Unveiling the Brandon House No. 4 Cairn (7 October 1928)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Historic Sites, Brandon House No. 2, #2.

Brandon House No. 4 Cairn

Brandon House No. 4 Cairn (May 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Aerial view of the Brandon House No. 4 site with cairn in lower right corner

Aerial view of the Brandon House No. 4 site with cairn in lower right corner (May 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.77759, W99.74593
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Early Assiniboine Trading Posts of the Souris Mouth Group, 1785-1832: Amplification of a Paper Read Before the Society, November 1928 by David A. Stewart
MHS Transactions, Series 2, No. 5, Published 1930

The Fur Trade Posts of the Souris-Mouth Area by Alice E. Brown
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1961-1962 Season

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon House No. 1 (Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress)


Obituary [Charles Arthur Baragar], American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 93, No. 3, 1936.

This page was prepared by Ken Storie and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 February 2023

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