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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pope Town Site (Pope, Municipality of Hamiota)

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There is some disagreement as to the basis for the naming for the village of Pope, in what is now the Municipality of Hamiota. Some sources indicate that it commemorates G. H. Pope, a right-of-way agent for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Others assert that it is named for J. C. Pope, another railway right-of-way agent. In any event, there is not much left of Pope other than two empty houses and a general store that closed in 1968. A grain elevator along the nearby railway line closed in the mid-1970s and is now gone. A post office, opened in 1909 and attached to the store for many years, closed in 1975.

Storekeepers

Period

Storekeeper

1942-1954

Alfred Donald Robertson (1900-1954)

1954-1968

Robert “Gordon” White (1910-2005)
Myrtle Pearl Jones White (1910-1989)

Postmasters

Period

Postmaster

1909-1911

Ross Robertson

1912-1919

H. R. Marvin

1919-1920

E. E. Hardy

1920-1942

John Allen

1942-1954

Alfred Donald Robertson (1900-1954)

1954-1975

Robert “Gordon” White (1910-2005)
Myrtle Pearl Jones White (1910-1989)

Photos & Coordinates

General store at Pope

General store at Pope (no date)
Source: Coreen Scott

Abandoned store at the former site of Pope

Abandoned store at the former site of Pope (December 2011)
Source: Allan Drysdale

Abandoned store at the former site of Pope

Abandoned store at the former site of Pope (June 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Abandoned store at the former site of Pope

Abandoned store at the former site of Pope (May 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Interior of the abandoned store at the former site of Pope

Interior of the abandoned store at the former site of Pope (May 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.11365, W100.72947
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Security Grain Elevator / Northern Grain Elevator / National Grain Elevator / Cargill Grain Elevator (Pope, Municipality of Hamiota)

Sources:

Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.

Post Offices and Postmasters, Library and Archives Canada.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Coreen Scott and Rose Kuzina for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Allan Drysdale and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 August 2021

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