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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cowan School No. 1132 (RM of Mountain)

The Cowan School District was organized formally in July 1901 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NE21-35-23-W in the Rural Municipality of Mountain. The district was dissolved in 1967 and its area became part of the Intermountain School Division. The school building was moved into Cowan where it is now a private museum. A monument, dedicated on 5 August 2000, commemorates it at the original site. At the time of a 2015 site visit, the original log-walled teacherage was also present, concealed within a copse of trees.

Among the teachers of Cowan School was Peter Bugera.

Cowan School

Cowan School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 63.

Cowan School

The former Cowan School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 838.

Cowan School

The former Cowan School building (June 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Cowan School

Interior of the former Cowan School building (June 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Cowan School

The former Cowan School teacherage (June 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Cowan School

The Cowan School monument (July 2014)
Source: Alan Mason

Site Location (lat/long): N52.02689, W100.68012
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cowan Ridge School No. 2305 (RM of Mountain)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cowan River School No. 1808 (RM of Mountain)


One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

We thank Orest Kolisnyk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Alan Mason and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 April 2017

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