Friday, September 21, 2012

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba: On the road again Thursday Sept. 20 driving through Minnesota and North Dakota.

Grain elevators familiar sites throughout North Dakota.

Many semis were lined up at this site. Also saw American Crystal Company, sugar beet processing plant.

Photo: In the making of early highways horses pulled the construction grader.

In the early 1900's these types of signs were the markers to aid the travelers on the roads. (Numbered highways not yet established.)

Amazing big skies.

Welcome to Manitoba.

Wide open land of Manitoba. We stayed overnight at Walmart in Winnipeg on Portage Ave.

On the road again Friday Sept. 21

Museum of St. Boniface, the convent of the Grey Nuns. The Grey Nuns arrived in 1844.

Louis Riel was taught by the Nuns. He is of Metis descent.

Metis Nation are First Nation and European descent, usually fur traders. Clothes were often European cut with First Nation beading and embroidery.

Louis Riel and associates stood up to the government for the rights of the Metis. He was executed but over centuries he has been revered as "Father of Manitoba."

Jeanne-Marie Poitras, on left, who married Riel's sister, with Louis Riel. Poitras is in Phil's family line.

Poitras and his wife, Henrietta, raised Riel's daughters after Riel died.

Tombstone in St. Boniface cemetery.

First priest arrived in the Red River area in 1815. This was the first permanent Mission west of the Great Lakes. Building of the future St Boniface Cathedral was started in 1829. There were many setbacks for many years. The roof was not completed until 1839.

It was finally completed in 1849. Unfortunately it was completely destroyed by fire in 1860.

Paper machine statue of Mary was rescued from the fire.

In 1863 the Cathedral was rebuilt.

In 1968 the Cathedral burned again.

In 1972 the Cathedral was built smaller and within the footprints of the remaining stone walls.

Our Lady of Red River has the traditional Metis features and wearing the Metis traditional clothing.

Stations of the Cross are impressive stained glass windows.

Pedestrian walkway across the Red River near the Forks National Historic Site. A quick storm was approaching. We made it inside before the short hailstorm.

The warehouse and terminus have been converted to Forks Market offering many specialty craft and food shops. This had been where fur and other trading was conducted.

Lookout to the Assiniboine River near where it joins the Red River.

Markers indicating the flood levels. Bottom gold marker, 1950. Middle blue marker, 1852 and 1997. Phil was in Winnipeg for work in 1997 and couldn't visit the Forks because it was flooded. The top yellow marker is the devastating flood of 1852.

Oodena sculpture, a naked eye and sundial.

Constellations are on the brick walls.

Orientation Sphere.

Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature

Polar bears in the northern area of Manitoba.

Many gentle beluga whales in Lake Winnipeg.

Caribou clothing

First Nation woman's dress.

Nonesuch two mast ketch arrived in Hudson Bay in 1688 in search of furs.

Beaver wanted for the stylish European hats.

Interesting to read of the difficulties encountered in building the railway to Hudson Bay.

Problems were permafrost and muskeg.

Vehicle used with treads to maneuver through the snow.

Passing an Ukrainian Church on the way to Walmart on the north side of Winnipeg.
Location:Minnesota, North Dakota and Winnipeg, MB

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