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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Crystal River School No. 243 (Municiplity of Cartwright-Roblin)

The Crystal River School District was established formally in March 1882 and a school building was later erected on the northeast quarter of 26-2-13 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Municipality of Cartwright-Roblin. It closed in 1961 and the remaining students went to Clearwater School No. 2324. The building was used for a time as a granary but was later deconstructed by a group of architecture students from the University of Manitoba. A metal sign at its former site commemorates the school.

Crystal River School

The former Crystal River School building (no date)
Source: Manitoba Historic Resources Branch, HRR4474.

Crystal River School

The former Crystal River School (1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1118.

Crystal River School

The former Crystal River School (1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1119.

Deconstruction of the former Crystal River School (no date)
Source: YouTube

Crystal River School monument

Crystal River School monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.15502, W99.12228
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 Vicki Wallace for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 September 2017

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