In the early 1880s, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) began bringing settlers into present-day southern Saskatchewan to farm the prairie landscape. The village of Weyburn was founded in 1899, six years before the Province of Saskatchewan entered Canadian Confederation. Earlier in the decade, the federal government divided the southern region of the North-West Territories into four districts, including the District of Assiniboia, which comprised the southernmost quarter of present-day Saskatchewan and later included Weyburn, plus the District of Saskatchewan, which sat just north of Assiniboia. Weyburn was incorporated as a village in 1900, attained town status in 1903 and received its city charter a decade later as it became the province’s sixth city. Continue reading →
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