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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Desford Monument (Desford, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)

The site of the village of Desford, a station on a spur line of the Great Northern Railway, is one-quarter of a mile east of this monument in the Municipality of Boissevain-Morton. The village consisted of a train station, community hall, two churches, grain elevator, blacksmith shop, school, post office, general store moved here from Adelpha, and a few residences. After the rail line was abandoned in 1936, the store and post office closed in 1956. The last vestiges were gone by 1970.

Desford commemorative monument

Desford commemorative monument (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.12555, W99.92930
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. John’s Anglican Church (Horton, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Desford School No. 800 (Horton, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)


“Controlled aggression: James J. Hill and the Brandon, Saskatchewan and Hudson’s Bay Railway” by J. Everitt, R. Kempthorne and C. Schafer, North Dakota History, volume 56, number 2, pages 3-19, 1989.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 June 2019

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