This stretch isn't
mentioned often in early historical accounts. As far as north - south
trade routes go, the river is traveling "backwards" here until it makes
the sharp left turn at the Souris Bend. Traders going south from the
Assiniboine would take the cross country route rather than backtrack.
Major forts were located near the Souris Mouth and in the area from
however, have a colorful history. Settlers arrived in 1881 and George
McGill became Secretary - Treasurer of the School District. He named
the first school Bunclody in 1885 after his native home near Bunclody
Bridge in Ireland. The town itself was not established until later.
(Post Office in 1905).
It was the site of a rail
crossing established in the early 1900's on a line stretching from
Brandon to Devil's Lake. If you look to the west just as you enter the
valley on Prov. Road #348 you will be able to spot the embankments on
either side of the river. You can access this embankment on either side
of the road as it heads up the valley on the south side of the river -
it makes a great hiking trail. Take it to the west and you will pass
the foundations of the grain elevator, and find a great view as you
reach the dead end by the river. Taken to the east the embankment
crosses some deep ravines and offers great views of the river valley.
The rail line was abandoned in 1936. Check out the park just a bit up
the hill on the south side of the bridge.
For More Details...
False Starts: A Settlement History of Western Manitoba
Manitoba Photo Gallery