Item IHM.2022.0005 - Hand-drawn map/sketch of Indian Head in 1882

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Hand-drawn map/sketch of Indian Head in 1882

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Hand-drawn sketch/map: b&w; 18 x 24 cm

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Edwin Jackson Brooks was born in Lennoxville, Quebec, in 1949. He and his twin brother Edward arrived in July, 1882 and chose land just west of Indian Head, only to be told that the land had already been reserved by the Qu'Appelle Valley Company (Bell Farm). He later chose land north of Indian Head (Wide Awake District). He became a prominent citizen and merchant in Indian Head. In 1885, he was selected to serve on the jury for the trial of Louis Riel.

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Sketch/map by Edwin J. Brooks of the CPR station and buildings along the railway - all labelled. A path (later Grand Avenue) goes to the northwest and is labelled "To Bell..."

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The sketch was before Indian Head was a town and so the only street, labelled Main Street, is actually North Railway Avenue - possibly the easterly part being present-day Main Street, which currently begins at the corner of Grand Avenue and North Railway Avenue and proceeds northeasterly..
Reverse: "Main Street 1882. Copy of sketch map drawn by E.J. Brooks for his wife on Nov. 16, '82. Vital Statistics: Stores = 3, Hotels = 3, Tents = 8, Bakery = 1,Laundry = 1, Houses = 4, Livery barn = 1. All strung along the newly laid track, opposite the old station and freight shed."

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