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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Point Douglas School No. 1475 (Municipality of Pembina)

The Point Douglas School District was established in October 1908 and, as of 1909, a wood frame, one-room schoolhouse operated at NE8-1-7W in what is now the Municipality of Pembina. The original school building was later replaced by another structure, which closed in 1966 as its area became part of the Pembina Valley School Division. The building was used for a time as the Windygates Community Centre but, at the time of a 2013 visit to the site, it was vacant. It had been thoroughly vandalized prior to a visit in mid-2016 and was destroyed in a suspected arson fire in late 2016.

The original Point Douglas School building

The original Point Douglas School building (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 124.

The former Point Douglas School

The former Point Douglas School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1003.

The former Point Douglas School building

The former Point Douglas School building (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former Point Douglas School

Interior of the former Point Douglas School (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Point Douglas School building

The former Point Douglas School building (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former Point Douglas School

Interior of the former Point Douglas School (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Basement of the former Point Douglas School

Basement of the former Point Douglas School (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Point Douglas School commemorative sign

Point Douglas School commemorative sign (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The remaining concrete basement of the former Point Douglas School after its destruction by fire in late 2016

The remaining concrete basement of the former Point Douglas School after its destruction by fire in late 2016 (February 2017)
Source: Vicki Derksen-Duhame

Site Location (lat/long): N49.03017, W98.36876
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Douglas School No. 591 (Douglas, RM of Elton)

Sources:

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.

We thank Vicki Derksen-Duhame for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 July 2018

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