In 1889, the first Slavic settlers arrived at this site in what is now the Municipality of Harrison Park from the railhead at Strathclair. During the first pioneer decade, families lived in “buddas” made of tree trunks, branches, sod, and native hay while their homesteads were being identified. In 1978, two authentic buddas at this site were reconstructed by Michael Swistun with assistance of the Parkland Ukrainian Pioneer Association.
Swistun Buddas (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Site Location (lat/long): N50.66083, W100.52146
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba
The Strongest Man in the World by Norm Fear
Manitoba History, Number 3, 1982
Memorable Manitobans: Michael “Mike” Swistun (1901-1980)
“The Strongest Man in the World” by Halya Kuchmij and Allan A. Kroeker, Kino Films Ltd. & National Film Board of Canada, 1980.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 31 December 2016
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