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Chapter 8: Southern Hamlets, Villages, and Towns

8.9: Rathwell

Rathwell is another small community with a road pattern dictated by the railway line. The CP railway line 1 runs south of the settlement; two elevators 2 and numerous grain storage bins 3 are located on a siding 4. A wide road 5 runs north of, and parallel to, the railway line with another wide road 6—the main street—at right angles to it. Other roads are parallel 7 to or at right angles 8 to the railway line. Several large buildings, probably stores 9, are located on the two wide roads. In the southeast are two long, narrow buildings 10, at least one of which probably houses a curling rink. Houses in the western part of the community are surrounded by tree shelterbelts 11. PTH 2 12, which runs east via St. Claude and Elm Creek to Winnipeg, and west through Treherne, Glenboro, and Wawanesa, bypasses Rathwell to the north. PR 244 13 follows the range line between ranges 8 and 9 WI southward to Manitou. Note the farm in the north centre 14; it has a wide shelterbelt to the north and west 15 and at least ten grain storage bins 16. At times it has been difficult to get grain accepted at elevators that were often full, creating the need to store grain on the farm. The field around the farm has been combined, resulting in wide indistinct rows of straw 17.

Figure 8.9: Rathwell

Figure 8.9: Rathwell

Figure 8.9

Vertical colour air photograph by Prairie Agri Photo

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Date: 2000

Location: Township 8; Range 8 WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/10Treherne