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Tanner's Crossing

Minnedosa, Manitoba, R0J, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/11/01

View of plaques at Tanner's Crossing, Minnedosa, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
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Contextual view, from the southwest, of the old river crossing point at Tanner's Crossing, Minnedosa, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
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Other Name(s)

Tanner's Crossing
Parc Centennial
Centennial Park

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/02/09

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Tanner's Crossing, a former toll ferry site on the Carlton Trail, encompasses a large area of gently rolling park land straddling the Little Saskatchewan River in Minnedosa. The municipal designation applies to two adjacent parcels of land (on either side of the river) totalling approximately 6,000 square metres.

Heritage Value

Tanner's Crossing, the birthplace of Minnedosa, a regional centre in the Parkland area, marks the point where Aboriginal peoples, fur traders and settlers crossed the Little Saskatchewan River along the Carlton Trail between Fort Garry (east) and Fort Edmonton (west) and where John and Catherine Tanner established a toll ferry, stopping house and post office beginning in 1872. These services spurred other settlement and economic activity in the area, eventually leading to the incorporation of the Town of Minnedosa in 1883. During Manitoba's centenary in 1970, the crossing site was celebrated and preserved through its inclusion in a municipal park.

Source: Town of Minnedosa By-law No. 2295, November 1, 1993

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the site character of Tanner's Crossing include:
- its location on the site of John and Catherine Tanner's ferry crossing along a portion of the Little Saskatchewan River now surrounded by Minnedosa

Key elements that define the historical and archaeological character and commemorative function of Tanner's Crossing include:
- the more gently sloping sides of the riverbank at the point of the crossing compared with the relatively steeper sides along other riverbank areas nearby
- the presence at the point of the river crossing of a natural raised gravel bed in the river bottom
- the largely natural character of the gently rolling landforms, vegetation, river features, etc.
- all surface and/or subsurface remains associated with Native peoples, traders, settlers, the Tanners and other users of the crossing point
- the public access, including walking paths, monuments and other structures on the site related to public use and education, etc.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Manitoba

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date

1993/11/01

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1872/01/01 to 1872/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Park
Leisure
Historic or Interpretive Site

Historic

Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn
Government
Post Office
Transport-Land
Road or Public Way
Community
Settlement

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Minnedosa Box 426 103 Main Street South Minnedosa MB R0J 1E0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

M0102

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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