Saturday, 22 July 2017

Fort Walsh Civilian Cemetery

This small hillside cemetery is located in the Cypress
Hills and is part of the Fort Walsh National Historic
Site of Canada.  Maple Creek, Saskatchewan is about
forty-five minutes northwards.

Aside from the five white crosses and cemetery sign,
the area is natural.  A lovely restful spot.

The staff I talked with were young and enthusiastic;
helpful and kind.  One young man was ready to weed-whip
the path to the graveyard when I arrived and when he
discovered I was there to take photographs of the
cemetery he waited patiently until I had completed my
task.  I very much appreciated the thoughtfulness.  

The sign reads:
"In the small cemetery on the hill are buried several
citizens of Fort Walsh who died in the first years of
the town. Among them was Francis Clark, the well-liked
and respected manager of the I.G. Baker store, who died
of fever, and Edward McKay, who had opened the first
postal service between Fort Walsh and Fort Benton,
Montana.
Later, the NWMP granted permission for civilians to be
buried in the Police Cemetery."

More information about this historical site:
http://pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/sk/walsh

Photographed on June 30, 2017.

historic, park, Cypress Hills, Fort Walsh, cemetery, Saskatchewan

historic, park, Cypress Hills, Fort Walsh, cemetery, Saskatchewan

historic, park, Cypress Hills, Fort Walsh, cemetery, Saskatchewan

historic, park, Cypress Hills, Fort Walsh, cemetery, Saskatchewan

historic, park, Cypress Hills, Fort Walsh, cemetery, Saskatchewan

2 comments:

  1. It is a lovely spot indeed.

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    1. That it is Jenn. It was cookin' hot that day too!

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