1. THE CARLTON TRAIL VALLEY VISTAS column, Brandon Sun, July 23, 1971 Minnedosa, first called Tanner's Crossing after the one-armed Metis postmaster whose home was located there in the 1820s, has always been a focal-point‘of pioneer trails,rail~ ways, highways and roads. Minnedosa (Indian for "running_waterygdnsstlingixlthepictureSque “valley of'a meandering river bearing its name, was a_converging'zone for-Red River ox cart and buffalo hunting trails long before it became a permanent settlement;'Before that it ap— parently was the site of an Indian "odanah”3 a temporary camping ground from whichifluapass derives‘its‘namee No transportation route was everumore,useful.or.colorful than.theCarlton ="(or‘SaskatChehan)‘Trail. " 4” _u i I' at?” k "'Tiuie"‘Ca1~lt‘o'ii Trail'originated at Uppex-‘rurt Garry (Winnipeg) on the junction .of the Red «"and'AssinibOine and terminated where Edmonton now stands. Its QOO—mile tortuous. length «9*Wound°across‘plains and sloughs, hills and valleys, streams and rivers, around pot holes, (“*1akes. As ox carts seldom travelled single file its width usually exceeded that of modern '“freewaysg‘if . f _ n _. , . . - ' “Winnipeg?s Portage Avenue once constituted the first stretch of thefamedCarltonTrail, At Portage la Prairie the trail branched into two alternative routesforQO mileseThesouth branch cqntinhed West for 20 miles, then veered slightly southwest along ariold bison hunt- iné‘trail (which continued to where Brandonhnow stands, curving southwest to a bend in the *"~Souris River and then on to Missouri River-cguntry),flAfter‘leaving the buffalo hunting'trafl =-°the“south'branch turned northwest passing thrgugh C R station Gregg,'fording thetflueWhite— -' mud near Oberon (hamlet between Carberry and‘qupawa) and-the Minnedosa River (then called ~~VLittle"SaSkatchewun) at Here's Crossing fourvmiles west of the present town of Minnedosa. "=*°'The"north*branch,of the trail ran northwest from Portage la Prairie to Westbourne and ~-*swerved”past Woodside'to Gladstone crossing theuWhitemud,three times approximating roughly '~'today”s Hiwhwayéu It then swung slightly north’passing three miles.north ofpresentNeepawa r =orossing~Minnedosa Valley at Old Crossing-twé miles northeast of Minnedosa (near‘theznorth :waehorenof present Minnedosa Lake); Approximately 20 miles west and five miles north of Minn ~nedosa it-rejoincd the south branchs From here it headed for Shoal Lake, on thnough Sash» ~~'atehewan to Edmonton. ' - - f: 1". >7. ' ' "w ~=Tanncrfs Crossing,'located.betWeen Hare's Crossing and Oldcnossingr serviced. a short a“linhwup trail traversing the area’encompassed:by_these two branches of-the.Carlton; North— I-wostwor'Minnedosa it emerged from the valley through pdanah PaSngTO the south it climbed wwthe=morengaiual_slope where Minnedosa‘s new hCMP‘barracks with its 12—mandetachmenthead~ . awed by Sgtan;Horn now stands vigil; a detachment responsible for policing much offthe area .w~ once served by these three routesu At one time Go Manners operated a pump andv Well casing nashop there; Then Pickering; a Masterlof the Hbunds typephpperated an undergrbund‘kennel of a-registered fox terriers and houndslivzrso Jim Stewart, who lives nearby, recallstnot only urthiS'trail”but the fact she_and her brother loved_dogs and often receiVed free pups ofnon— show quality from the OWnerm~much'to their parents! consternation. This shortex'trail.slash— n~ed-across*the Carlton continuing south to Brandon and was locally dubbed.Brandon Trail. ‘LOSS"than'é mile north cf the present junction of_Highways 105 4 and 4A the north route ~ of-the'trail“cut westward. In 1902 David comrie Sr, came to the farm immediately ‘west of «»Highway 10 as a boy of 12 from Paisley, Renfréwshire, Scotland, settling therewithhis pa— 'vrents John and Elizabeth and siblings John (killed by German sniper fireiJ1the First World War while on sentry duty), Andrew (wounded in same war), Elizabeth, Peter (killed in trafn fic accident four years ago in almost precisely this spot)u He recalls his father fencing off this trail which was by then used very little. He says many of the old property deeds referred to this trail while others didn't“ He recalls well the district'sfavoriteanecdote of a jug of brew dropping on the trail from a passing vehicle“ It seems it was discovered by one local pioneer's enterprising son who mysteriously disappeared one hot summer day A brother sent to find him also vanished. The father soon follOWed suit andgthedisgusted mow ther finally located'the trio who were in no fit condition to till any more soil that day, Mr. Comrie recalls even more vividly an expensive flat tire on his tractor someyearslater on the same trail from a puncture by a pair of scissors for which some disappointed sett- ler's Wife in CanadaEs Northwest no doubt searched unsuccessfully upon arrivaJ.attheir new homesteadD To the east of Highway 10 at the same point lie the Gordon and Jury farms. Frank Jury, who moved there in 1918 with his wife Rose, remembers the Carlton Trail well. Although no longer used by settlers travelling west it was still used occasionally by Indians fromlaol— ling River reserve coming to Minnedosa for supplies or to attend the summer fairs

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