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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Dam and Pump House (Rivers, Municipality of Riverdale)

A small, wooden building beside the Little Saskatchewan River, south of the town of Rivers in the Municipality of Riverdale, was constructed in 1910 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Its purpose, along with that of a nearby dam on the river, was to provide a reliable water supply for steam locomotives. Much of the wooden dam is now gone but parts of its structure remain visible. In late August 2016, the building was demolished by the municipality.

Remains of the wooden dam on the Little Saskatchewan River

Remains of the wooden dam on the Little Saskatchewan River (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Pump House

Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Pump House (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Pump House

Interior of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Pump House (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Remains of the former Pump House after demolition

Remains of the former Pump House after demolition (September 2016)
Source: Derek Abs

Site Location (lat/long): N50.02097, W100.23655
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Sources:

Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Dam & Pump House, Our Heritage: The Town of Rivers & Area.

We thank Derek Abs for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Ken Storie and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2016

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