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Canada Pacific Views, Qu’Appelle River from Fort, c. 1889

1883: Canadian Pacific Railway and Settlement

The Canadian Pacific Railway was established in southern Saskatchewan in 1883.

The train brought in a new wave of settlers seeking to establish homesteads upon the free land granted under the Dominion Lands Act. The act offered conditional ownership of a full quarter section, with the stipulation that the landowner break a specified number of acres and establish a homestead.

An estimated 400,000 pioneers had settled in the area by the beginning of WWI (1914).

F. Jay Haynes, Fargo, Dakota Territory
Canada Pacific Views, Qu’Appelle River from Fort, c. 1889
Stereo albumin print
10.0 x 17.7
Collection of R.C.M.P. Museum, Regina SK

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