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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cheyenne Boiler Monument (Ste. Agathe, RM of Ritchot)

A monument on the banks of the Red River, in Ste. Agathe in the Rural Municipality of Ritchot, stands on the former site of the Hotel Sainte-Agathe. Built in 1908 as the community’s first hotel, by entrepreneur Joseph Euclide Olivier, it was replaced by a new structure in 1920. Renovated following damage sustained during the catastrophic 1950 Red River flood, it was renamed the Riverside Hotel in 1961. Closed in September 1971, the building was demolished on 21 September 1990.

The monument consists of a model and an iron boiler from the steamboat Cheyenne that operated on the Red River during the 1870s and 1880s. As the boat was sinking on 2 June 1885, the boiler was thrown overboard. In 1981, it was found during construction of a flood dike around the community and was recovered from the river. It was restored by the Trojan Board Limited under Robert Newman (President) and Vaughan Lawson Baird (Vice-President).

Cheyenne Boiler Monument

Cheyenne Boiler Monument (April 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.56467, W97.18373
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Northern Prairie Steamboats: Cheyenne


“The Cheyenne disabled,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 June 1885, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2021

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