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Stony Mountain Penitentiary

Stony Mountain Penitentiary is a federal medium-security prison. It was opened in 1876, and two of its earliest inmates were Pound Maker and Big Bear who had fought against theft of their land. It is located about 10 kilometres southeast of Stonewall and 25 kilometres north of Winnipeg by PTH 7 1. It is built on a limestone ridge, the western edge of which can be seen on this image 2. It is rumored that the gaol was built on the ridge to make it difficult for inmates to tunnel out. Whatever the case, the west block of the gaol 3, with its central dome, towers above the land to the west. This view will be familiar to many people as it was used in the film “Capote.” A wall 4 surrounds the main part of the gaol with turrets at each corner 5. The wall and turrets are probably the original structure of the gaol. Recent additions to north 6 and south 7 are also enclosed by a wall or fence 8. Near the northeast turrets is a water tower 9 identified by its shadow. West of it is an outdoor hockey rink 10.

On the low land west of the jail are two large ponds 11, and outside the enclosed areas are houses both on the northeast 12 and southeast 13 which might house workers at the gaol. The CP railway line 14 runs parallel to PTH 7.

Figure 19.15

Stony Mountain Penitentiary