Crystal City & District

Crystal City & District
Box 56
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The story of this town is intertwined with the stories of other such settlements of the region and the story continues today.

Canada itself was only twelve years old when settlers from the east scouted the area and selected homesteads. The "Postage Stamp Province" and the Rock Lake District proved interesting to Thomas Greenway, who then lived in Ontario. He took an extended tour of Manitoba in 1877 and would file for a homestead near the junction of Boundary Commission Trail and Crystal Creek. In the spring of 1879, after extensive travel through his Ontario home area of Huron County, he and eight other members of his Rock Lake Colonization Company left for Manitoba, with other parties following and settling land near the Greenway property that May and June. In the following year, four more groups followed.Between 1879 and 1898, Greenway acquired 648 hectares of land and established the prairie Home Stock Farm.

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