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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Steel Bridge School No. 2171 (Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone)

The Steel Bridge School District was established formally in August 1927, named for a bridge over the Whitemud River that had been built in 1908 by the Algoma Steel Bridge Company. The first school building was located at NW30-14-10W in what is now the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone. It was replaced at the same location by a new building, in 1949, and this school operated until closure in 1968. It is no longer present at the site but a monument unveiled in 1993 commemorates it.

The first Steel Bridge School

The first Steel Bridge School (circa 1929) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 108.

The former Steel Bridge School building

The former Steel Bridge School building (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 547.

Steel Bridge School commemorative monument

Steel Bridge School commemorative monument (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.22579, W98.82502
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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 February 2021

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