In 2016, a group of individuals from around the region gathered together to talk about what makes our area unique and interesting. Many stories were told, and much pride was demonstrated. A longer story is written in the Souris Moose Creek Region brochure, but the following stories were selected to tell in video form:
Alameda – Avenue of Trees - Local historian, Cork Davis tells us about the history of Alameda's trees.
Souris Valley Horse Thieves - Local Historian, Otto Neuman shares a story about horse thieves in the Souris Moose Creek Region.
Alameda’s Haunted Museum - If you live in or around Alameda, Saskatchewan, chances are you've heard ghost stories about the Alameda & District Heritage Museum. Sherlynne Best tells us about the history of the building and some of the tales from around town.
Oxbow’s Musical Settler - Dry Your Tears and Keep Smiling-- a song written by one of Oxbow's earliest citizens, George S. Hames. He wrote this tune in 1940 in response to losing so many young men to the war. This song has since been treasured in Oxbow and still played by local musicians. Orvina Black and Frank Cushon perform the song and reminisce.
Oxbow’s Rum Runners - During prohibition in the 20's and 30's, Oxbow, SK was known for the distribution and production of liquor. Otto Neuman, a local historian and long-time resident, tells us a little about the stories he knows from those precarious days.
Oxbow’s Last Station Agent - In 1971, the Canadian Pacific Railway shutdown many railway stations in Saskatchewan-- Oxbow's being one of them. In this video, former Ralph Allen Memorial Museum Worker, Janell Rempel tell us a bit about this history of trains in Oxbow. Don Mann visits the museum to tell us a bit about what it was like being a Station Agent.
Oxbow’s Plow Wind - In July 1995, Oxbow, SK experienced one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history. A plow wind raged through parts of Oxbow and the surrounding area, leaving much of it in shambles. In this video, a few residents tell us their stories.
The Water – Life on the River - Water has always been a key factor in the population of the Souris Moose Creek Region. It has been the element that brings people together for centuries. Buffalo once roamed along stretches of the Souris River and Moose creek, followed by Indigenous groups that pursued them for their own sustainability. As settlers moved in and buffalo were out-hunted, houses were built, a train track was laid, and so became the towns of Alameda and Oxbow, that still exist and thrive today! More recently, a dam was built, and the water has become a site of convergence once again, in the form of a campground.