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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Dufferin (Emerson, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

Established in 1873 by the North West Mounted Police (later the Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Fort Dufferin was the headquarters and winter home to the British-Canadian contingent of the International Boundary Commission from 1872 to 1874. A few of the building that once sat at the site still exist.

A monument at the entrance to this site, near Emerson in the Municipality of Emerson-Franklin, bears two plaques. One plaque, erected in 1997 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, describes the westward march of the North West Mounted Police. The other plaque commemorates two constables in the force, W. C. Brown and A. McIntosh, who died in 1874 at Fort Dufferin and are buried in unmarked graves near the site.

Fort Dufferin

Stables at the former site of Fort Dufferin (2006)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Fort Dufferin

Building at the former site of Fort Dufferin (2006)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Fort Dufferin

Fort Dufferin commemorative monument (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.03048, W97.20214
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Dufferin Immigrants Monument (Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Boundary Commission North West Mounted Police Historic Trail (RM of Stanley)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance


Fort Dufferin Burial Site, Waymarking.

We thank Peter McLure and Wayne Arseny for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 November 2016

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