The Humboldt and District Museum staff, as well as an extremely dedicated team of volunteers are continuing to revive history about ten kilometers southwest of the city.
The ‘Original Humboldt’ site is where the name, well originated.
On Thursday night at the museum, curator Jennifer Hoesgen chaired an information session providing more data about the 80 acres located on ‘Telegraph Road.’ Original Humboldt was part of the 1876 Dominion Telegraph Line. A cabin was built at the site by Gorge Weldon and there the ‘Humboldt Telegraph Station’ was developed. His wife Catherine worked as the first woman telegrapher in western Canada.
« That name stuck with that cabin, » explained Hoesgen. « They left in about 1883, in 1885 when the military campaign came it was an abandon cabin. The military came because I think they figured that’s where they didn’t expect them to be. »
At one point, 460 soldiers were at the site before heading off to Batoche.
The site has seen some archeological work done, there is educational school tours plus in 2015 they added walkways to make the site more tourist friendly. Hoesgen said that’s a big part of the plan for 2016.
« We’re starting to do some natural grasses, our intent is to turn the entire 80 acres of land into natural grasses completely, cut some trails, do a lot more art installations. »
« It’s hard to share a story when you have the land left, » Hoesgen continued.
That’s why they had the information meeting, the board wants to make sure they have as many stories to tell as possible about the land’s storied past and importance in Canadian history.
Our nation will celebrate it’s 150th year in 2017, Hoesgen wants this site to be a huge part of the agenda for the Summer’s commemorative schedule.
« We haven’t set a date yet, we’re hoping to have the Governor General out. That event will be all the people coming together, the site is the only place in Canada where building the Dominion Telegraph Line is marked. »
Hoesgen is encouraging anyone with ideas or a knowledge of the land’s history to call her at the museum at 682-5226 or simply stop in.