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

A small waiting station, in the village of 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

East Rosser School

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

Emerson CNR Station

The former Emerson CNR Station at the museum (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (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: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

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

We thank Gerry Norberg for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 November 2016

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