Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carnegie Monument (Carnegie, Municipality of Riverdale)
A monument in the Municipality of Riverdale commemorates the former community of Carnegie that was situated here. A post office opened in 1903, taking the name of William Carnegie on whose land the office was situated. It is said that Carnegie was the second cousin of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) who funded the construction of three libraries in Winnipeg: Carnegie Library (1905), Cornish Library (1915), and St. John’s Library (1915).
A station on the Lenore Subdivision of the Canadian Pacific Railway, in its heyday Carnegie had two grain elevators, one operated by the Western Canada Flour Mills and the other by the Ogilvie Flour Mills. An outdoor skating rink was built with materials scavenged from a construction site in Brandon. The water to flood the rink came from a well on the Johnston farm about one-half mile away. Within several years, a change room was built and electric lights were added.
The post office closed in 1960 and nothing remains at the site today other than the monument near the abandoned railway line.
Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.
We thank George Johnston (former Brandon resident) and James Frank for providing information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 January 2018
Back to top of page