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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Archway Warehouse, Jail and Powder Magazine Remains (Norway House)

Norway House was the crossroads of the northern transport network of the Hudson’s Bay Company during most of the 19th century. The Archway Warehouse, built in 1840-1841, is the oldest surviving Red River frame warehouse in western Canada and also Manitoba’s oldest log edifice on its original site. The Jail, erected in 1855-1856, is the oldest extant lockup in the province. Earlier wooden structures at Upper Fort Garry and York Factory have been demolished. The Powder Magazine, erected in 1837-1838, was the first structure built of stone in Manitoba. Though now in ruins, its stones were quarried near Lower Fort Garry. In 1984, the area became a provincially-designated historic site.

Site Location (lat/long): N53.98040, W97.83436
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites


Archway Warehouse, Jail and Powder Magazine Remains, Norway House, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 March 2017

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