Battleford in Battle River No. 438, Saskatchewan — The Prairie Region (North America)
Here in July 1876, Superintendent James Walker established a post of the North-West Mounted Police in the heart of the Cree country. "The Fort" grew to a strength of 200. During the uprising of 1885 it gave refuge to more than 400 people and was the base for operations at Cut Knife Hill and Fort Pitt leading to the surrender of Chief Poundmaker and the search for Big Bear. With the extension of settlement and mechanization of the Force it ceased to be the barracks in 1924.
En juillet 1876 le superintendant James Walker établit ici un poste de la Police à cheval du Nord-Ouest au cœur du territoire des Cris. Au cours du soulèvement de 1885, il abrita plus de 400 personnes. C'est de là que partirent les opérations militaires de Cut Knife Hill et de Fort Pitt qui aboutirent à la capitulation du chef Poundmaker et à la recherche de Big Bear. Par suite de l'expansion de la colonie et de la mécanisation de la gendarmerie, le fort cessa de server de caserne en 1924.
Erected 1954 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Law Enforcement • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1876.
Location. 52° 43.622′ N, 108° 17.963′ W. Marker is in Battleford, Saskatchewan, in Battle River No. 438. Marker can be reached from Central Avenue just north of Campbell Innes Way, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Fort Battleford National Historic Site entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Battleford SK S0M 0E0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North West Rebellion / L'insurrection du Nord-Ouest (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Seat of the Territorial Government 1878-1883 (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Government House, Battleford (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Land Registry Office (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Battleford Land Registry Building (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Government House Battleford (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); a different marker also named Government House (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Indian Industrial School (approx. 1.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Battleford.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Battleford National Historic Site.
Established in 1876, Fort Battleford is at the center of some of the most important events in the post-European contact history of western Canada. The North West Mounted Police (NWMP) at Fort Battleford served many roles, and the town of Battleford was the first capital of the North West Territories. NWMP members were police officers as well as translators, administrators, and escorts, especially during Treaty Six negotiations. The NWMP at Fort Battleford also had an active role in the 1885 conflicts.(Submitted on July 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Fort Battleford.
Fort Battleford was the sixth North-West Mounted Police fort to be established in the North-West Territories of Canada, and played a central role in the events of the North-West Rebellion of 1885. It was here Chief Poundmaker was arrested, and where six Cree and two Stoney men were hanged for murders committed in the Frog Lake Massacre and the Looting of Battleford. Its location near the confluence of the North Saskatchewan and the Battle rivers offered access to fresh water, as it was many years before an on-site well was made available. The fort sheltered around 500 people, and they helped to fortify Battleford.(Submitted on July 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.