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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Buttrum School No. 679 (RM of Prairie Lakes)

The Buttrum School District was organized formally in October 1891 and a school operated on the southeast quarter of 1-5-18 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Rural Municipality of Prairie Lakes. In 1964, it became Buttrum Consolidated School when it consolidated with Bethel School No. 301 and Rowland School No. 470, based in a two-classroom building teaching grades 1 to 8 at a site about five miles south of this site. This school closed in 1965 and was used as a granary for some time. The abandoned building is still present on its original site.

Buttrum School

Buttrum School (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 107.

The former Buttrum School building

The former Buttrum School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1101.

The former Buttrum School building

The former Buttrum School building (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former Buttrum School building

Interior of the former Buttrum School building (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Buttrum School building

The former Buttrum School building (August 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.35593, W99.77712
denoted by symbol on the map above


One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank Wayne Spurrill and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 October 2019

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