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Historic Sites of Manitoba: McLaren Stone Outhouse (RM of Argyle)

A stone outhouse at this wooded site in the Rural Municipality of Argyle was constructed in the 1950s by Clarence McLaren (1897-1982), a son of the original homesteader, Archibald D. McLaren (1852-1932) who arrived here in the late 1870s or early 1880s. The stone foundations of the associated house and barn, abandoned since the late 1960s, are located nearby. A “two-holer” that is considered a municipally-significant heritage building, it is thought to be the only outhouse made of stone in Manitoba. The structure was in good condition, albeit with a detached front door, at the time of a 2020 site visit.

McLaren stone outhouse

McLaren stone outhouse (2010)
Source: Ken Storie

McLaren stone outhouse

McLaren stone outhouse (June 2020)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Stone foundation of the former McLaren house near the outhouse

Stone foundation of the former McLaren house near the outhouse (June 2020)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.28045, W99.25290
denoted by symbol on the map above


Birth registration [Clarence McLaren], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Funeral service held for Clarence McLaren,” Baldur Gazette, 15 December 1982, page 7.

McLaren Stone Outhouse, Baldur area, Baldur-Argyle Significant Heritage Buildings.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Duncan McLaren for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Ken Storie and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 June 2020

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