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Chapter 7: Survey Systems

7.10: Irregular Sections Southeast of Riding Mountain National Park at Mountain Road

The photograph shows part of the southeast flank of Riding Mountain including parts of township 17, ranges 16 and 17 WI. It is noticeable that sections and quarter sections are not the standard square shape covering 640 acres and 160 acres respectively. This is particularly true of section 18, township 17, range 16 WI in which boundary lines are skewed and the southeast quarter 1 is much larger than the northwest 2. This is due in part to the fact that within townships all sections are supposed to be the same size except those along the western edge of townships, where the differences caused by the convergence of meridians are all accommodated in the most westerly quarter sections. Sections 6, 7, 18, 19, 30, and 31 are located along the western edge of townships, and it is in these sections that the accommodation is made.

Much of the land was originally wooded (dark-toned), some of which remains 3. Although the land is marginal and not suited to large-scale grain farming, the original settlers cleared much of it 4. Severe soil erosion has resulted in this area in the upper parts of the Whitemud Watershed (although none is obvious on the photo) prompting reforestation in parts of the watershed.[i]

The area is sparsely populated, but the church at Mountain Road 5 has a large catchment along the fringe of Riding Mountain. The original opulent wooden structure (figures 7.10a, 7.10b) was destroyed by fire in 1965 and replaced by a more modest building. PR 357, recently improved in one stretch 6, runs along the southern edge of Riding Mountain.

Figure 7.10: Interior of Church at Mountain Road

Figure 7.10: Interior of Church at Mountain Road

Figure 7.10.a: Church at Mountain Road

Figure 7.10.a: Church at Mountain Road

Figure 7.10.b: Interior of Church at Mountain Road

Figure 7.10.b: Interior of Church at Mountain Road