Solsgirth, Manitoba

by Brian Cofer July. 26, 2014 5895 views

Drivers speeding along the Yellowhead Highway, one of central Canada's main east-west highways, are no doubt oblivious that a quick left turn down a dirt road leads the occasional visitor to a true ghost town that probably has fewer than 10 residents.

Oddly named Solsgirth, which apparently means “girth of the sun” seems so typical of the Great Plains of Canada and the U.S. Settled about 1880, photos from about 1915-1920 show a thriving main street lined with false-fronted stores. Now two or three occupied houses remain, along with a working grain elevator, and two fascinating churches.

This one, St. Stephen's Anglican, held its last service and was deconsecrated in 2002 and now seems to be wearing away.

It's shocking how tall the grass grows up here, and I've spent most of my life on the prairies of North Texas. Walking around here, it was up to my chest. Thank goodness, rattlesnakes are not an issue this far north.

About a block away, this old Ukrainian church seems to be in even worse shape. I have no information on its background or when it gave up the ghost.

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Phyllis 5 years, 1 month ago

marvelous many memories hidden In those walls

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Kontheroad - 5 years, 1 month ago

I like No.5. I'm always attracted to the view with railroad tracks. This reminds me the movie "Stand by me."

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Louise Hayes 5 years, 1 month ago

Amazing, if I were there you would probably loose me in the grass!

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