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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Stony Mountain Penitentiary (RM of Rockwood)

Initially located at Lower Fort Garry, a provincial penitentiary was established here, on a natural hill in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood, in 1877. The structure was built by contractor James Barclay.





Samuel Lawrence Bedson (1842-1891)




Charles DesRosiers (?-1969)

Photos & Coordinates

Stony Mountain Penitentiary

Postcard view of the Stony Mountain Penitentiary, circa 1909. The building at centre-right contained prison cells, the workshop were nearer the road, and the warden’s house was in the background.
Source: Andrew Cunningham

Stony Mountain Penitentiary (December 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.08229, W97.22663
denoted by symbol on the map above


“Mrs. James Stirton, who came west in ’75, marks 80th birthday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 January 1938, page 2.

“Ex-warden at Stony dies in B.C.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 May 1969.

We thank Andrew Cunningham for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2020

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