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First Anniversary of Shoal Lake History Blog

Reid Dickie It was a year ago today that I took the giant step and posted my welcoming message to the Shoal Lake History blog. The rest is history… The number of people who visited this blog in its first … Continue reading

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Changes

Reid Dickie The picture of Shoal Lake in the header at the top of this page shows a 1940s view of the town. It was taken where The Drive meets South Railway. The picture shows the wealth of brick buildings … Continue reading

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1870s TV Ad for Free Farms in Western Canada

Reid Dickie A delightful impossibility! In 1870 the Dominion of Canada bought Rupert’s Land, which was pretty much all of western Canada, from the Hudson’s Bay Company. After passing the Dominion Lands Act in 1872, the government embarked on an … Continue reading

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Early Refrigeration – The Icehouse

Reid Dickie Until rural electrification reached small towns and farms via Manitoba Hydro in the mid to late 1930s and refrigerators became available, the icehouse played an important role in keeping perishable foodstuffs from spoiling.  A small building, often wood … Continue reading

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Manitoba’s Official Mounted Police Museum

Reid Dickie Every Canadian province has an official Mounted Police Museum. In Manitoba it is located in Shoal Lake. In my video report find out why this is an extremely appropriate town to have the museum.

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Barr Colonists

As an addendum to Shoal Lake Minute #34 about the Barr colonists, I came across the lyrics to a song written about Isaac Barr portraying him as a scoundrel: “Barr, Barr, wily old Barr/He’ll do you as much as he … Continue reading

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