Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bru Cemetery (RM of Argyle)

Bru (Icelandic for “bridge”) was a community established by Icelandic pioneers who settled near Oak Creek in the Rural Municipality of Argyle in 1880. As more families arrived during the 1880s, the need arose for a church, post office, school, and community centre. Bru congregation was established in 1884. A cemetery was created in 1884 on NE16-6-13W. Bru post office opened in the early 1880s and operated until 1914 from Jon Olafson’s home. Bru Hall was built in 1898 on NE16-6-13W and Bru Church in 1910 on SE21-6-13W. Bru School began in 1885. Regular services were held at Bru Church until 1984. The last service was held on Christmas Eve 1990. It was moved in 1998 to Cypress Valley Holiday Farm (NE30-6-12W).

Bru Cemetery

Bru Cemetery (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Bru Cemetery monument

Bru Cemetery monument (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.48769, W99.15735
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bru Frikirkju Lutheran Church (Municipality of Lorne)


A list of burials in this cemetery is available from the Manitoba Genealogical Society, including a searchable online database available to members at the MGS Manitoba Name Index (MANI). Some additional information is contained in the 1996 MGS publication Carved in Stone: Manitoba Cemeteries and Burial Sites, revised edition, Special Projects Publication, 106 pages.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 February 2023

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