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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postage Stamp Province 1870 (RM of Louise)

Manitoba was created by the proclamation of the Manitoba Act on 15 July 1870. Near this site was the original western boundary of a province that measured 130 miles east to west and 110 miles south to north with an area of 13,924 square miles. Its size and shape gave it the nickname “The Postage Stamp Province”. The boundaries were extended in 1881 and 1912, in the latter case to the present ones. The Boundary Commission in 1873 and the North West Mounted Police in 1874 crossed the west boundary at this point as they moved into what was then known as the North West Territories.

This plaque, located just off Highway #3 on the west side of a local road in the Rural Municipality of Louise, was erected by the Boundary Trail Heritage Region. The 99th line of longitude that marked the western boundary of Manitoba is actually located 0.73 kilometers east of the plaque.

Postage Stamp Province 1870

Postage Stamp Province 1870 Plaque (2007)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.13020, W99.00994
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postage Stamp Province 1870 (RM of Alexander)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postage Stamp Province 1870 (Gladstone)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postage Stamp Province 1870 (Lac du Bonnet)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postage Stamp Province 1870 (RM of Lansdowne)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postage Stamp Province 1870 (Mariapolis, RM of Lorne)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postage Stamp Province 1870 (RM of Piney)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postage Stamp Province 1870 (RM of St. Laurent)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postage Stamp Province 1870 (Winnipeg Beach)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Northern Manitoba Plaque

Sources:

This page was prepared by Ed Grassick and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 June 2015

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