Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada

Day 747

     Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada, began in 1882 as the first settlers, mainly of Scottish origin, came into the area to farm the rich soil. 

     According to legend, in 1837 an epidemic of smallpox struck the Assiniboine Indian Village here. According to their custom, those struck climbed the highest part of the land to die. Their skeletons remained there for many years and because of this they called the hills “Skull Mountainettes”, which developed into the name Indian Head. Hence, the name of the town. Only thing is, when I look around, there are no hills, only prairie. 

     William Robert Bell was born May 28, 1845 in Brockville, Ontario. He was a militia officer, farmer, and businessman. He is mostly responsible for the settlement of Indian Head as a result of his experimental farm for growing wheat and other grains. He arrived here in 1882 to build this farm. The most notable structure remaining is the round horse barn, now referred to as the Bell Barn.

      From it’s copula, Bell had a view of his entire farm (see, no hills).

     Although a small town, it’s main industry is still agriculture, mostly wheat and other grains. Grain elevators sit at the head of the town’s main street. 

     Their mall consists of 2 stores, a hardware store, and a convenience store.

Technical Stuff:

Saskatoon, Sk to Indian Head Saskatchewan, Canada: 208.6 miles

4 hours, 13 minutes

10.7 MPG

Diesel: $1.19 Canadian/liter

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