A BROOKING Memory
Beginning in the early 1900s, settlers began to take up homesteads in this area that followed the Willowbunch Trail from Weyburn. To get to Weyburn – a 35 mile trip – for supplies such lumber, food and coal, took up to three days. Farmers had to haul their grain to Weyburn as well which proved to be a challenge – if the elevators were full in Weyburn, they came back and dumped their grain to await a future trip.
In 1906, this cement bridge was built over the creek near the future site of Brooking by a newly-formed Saskatchewan government. By 1908, a rail line was proposed and planned by Canadian Northern Railway and so began the town of Brooking. Soon businesses opened up quickly with 3 elevators, a post office, hotel, restaurants, bakery, poolroom and more.
Unfortunately, the future of Brooking became dismal when the railroads decided that the divisional point would be a Radville, just a short distance away. The growth of Brooking came to an end almost overnight and businesses moved to Radville. By 1935, only five businesses were left operating.
Today, all that remains of this community is the concrete bridge, one elevator and a few buildings.
Acrylic on Canvas 2018
Canvas Size H 12″ x W 24″ x D .75″
Framed Size H 19″ x W 31″
Frame – Linen Liner with Dark Wood Grain Frame