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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grosse Isle Museum (Grosse Isle, RM of Rockwood)

A small waiting station, at Grosse Isle in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood, now part of a community museum, was built on the CPR Arborg Subdivision line at Gunton around 1944. It is an example of the facilities built at railway stops that were not busy enough to warrant full-fledged stations. It recalls the era when rural Manitobans relied on scheduled railway passenger service for transport. The nearby Ridgeway House, completed in 1886, planned by an unidentified Swiss builder and associated for more than a century after 1898 with the family of Rockwood-area pioneer John Ridgeway, is an interesting local landmark. The former Emerson CNR station was moved to the museum sometime between 2013 and 2015.

Gunton Waiting Station

Gunton Waiting Station (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Ridgeway Heritage House

Ridgeway Heritage House (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the Ridgeway Heritage House

Interior of the Ridgeway Heritage House (August 2019)
Source: George Penner

Ceremony at the reopening of the former East Rosser School at the museum

Ceremony at the reopening of the former East Rosser School at the museum (September 2016)
Source: Gerry Norberg

Interior of the former East Rosser School at the museum

Interior of the former East Rosser School at the museum (August 2019)
Source: George Penner

Former Canadian National Railway station from Emerson at the museum

Former Canadian National Railway station from Emerson at the museum (August 2014)
Source: George Penner

Former Canadian National Railway station from Emerson at the museum

Former Canadian National Railway station from Emerson at the museum (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Prairie Dog Central at the former Canadian National Railway station from Emerson at the museum

Prairie Dog Central at the former Canadian National Railway station from Emerson at the museum (August 2019)
Source: George Penner

The former Grosse Isle United Church at the museum

The former Grosse Isle United Church at the museum (August 2019)
Source: George Penner

Interior of the former Grosse Isle United Church at the museum

Interior of the former Grosse Isle United Church at the museum (August 2019)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.06530, W97.44363
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Prairie Dog Central Railway (Prairie Dog Trail, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: East Rosser School No. 594 (RM of Rosser)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grosse Isle United Church and Settler Monument (Grosse Isle, RM of Rockwood)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Railway Stations

Sources:

Ridgeway House and Gunton Waiting Station, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank Gerry Norberg and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2020

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