Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sulphur Creek School No. 927 (Municipality of Gilbert Plains)

The Sulphur Creek School District was organized formally in January 1898. Originally, classes were held in a log building on the east part of 24-26-23 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Municipality of Gilbert Plains. In 1910, a wood frame structure was erected at this site. It closed in 1967 and the remaining students went to Brickburn Consolidated School No. 998. The former school building is no longer present at the site but a monument unveiled on 17 July 1994 commemorates it.

Among the teachers who worked at Sulphur Creek School were Maggie Kidd (1898), Mrs. J. B. Parker (1899), Ellie Martin (1899), Emerson Lloyd Arnett, Evelyn Arnett, and Raymond James “Ray” McNeill.

The original Sulphur Creek School

The original Sulphur Creek School (circa 1898)
Source: Dale Dutton

The second Sulphur Creek School

The second Sulphur Creek School (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 24.

Sulphur Creek School commemorative monument

Sulphur Creek School commemorative monument (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.26029, W100.55482
denoted by symbol on the map above


One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques and Manitoba Community Commemorative Plaques, Fiscal Year 1994-1995, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Citizenship, page 43.

Country Schools of Gilbert Plains by Barry Randell, 2006.

We thank James Arnett, Ed Arndt, Dale Dutton, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 March 2024

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