Friday, January 19, 2018

Dinant: Gone but not Forgotten

Dinant, AB was abut 15km north of Camrose. There is nothing there now, no indication that there was ever a settlement, no houses, no stores, no train station, no grain elevators, no mine. All gone.

Along the main highway there is a roadside cairn dedicated to the town of Dinant. The actual town site is about a km east of the marker. I understand putting the marker on a roadside turnout so that more people will hopefully stop and read it. I always stop at roadside signs.

The most information I could find about Dinant, was from the roadside marker. Very little online.
I did read that both of the old school buildings were sold and moved to farm yards. Perhaps they still exist.

Have a read below:



The Provincial Archives had 2 photos of the Bush Mine that used to exist in Dinant.

Undated photo Provincial Archives of Alberta

c.1923 Provincial Archives of Alberta
So now you know there once was a place called Dinant.
Do you know any history about Dinant? I'd love to hear it!

References: Pioneering with a Piece of Chalk, Provincial Archives

26 comments:

  1. So many little communities from the past have pretty much disappeared...out of sight out of mind. I really appreciate when someone makes the time and effort to raise a memorial cairn for a place that would otherwise be forgotten.

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    1. Hi Michael, I appreciate seeing markers for places as well. There are markers all over if you're looking! I wish I had started noticing them sooner!

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  2. I think preserving its legacy with this marker was a very good idea.

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    1. Thanks William, I agree. It is nice to see places remembered.

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  3. Places disappear physically, sometimes completely. Sometimes I will find a few lines about a place that existed and I am unable to find out anything more. It is kind of weird to know a place vanished.

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    1. Thanks BW. Must be weird for people that lived there especially to have nothing there anymore.

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  4. It is great there is a cairn to commemorate the place. People have a place they can go to remember!

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  5. Interesting that the town just disappeared and there is not anything left at all. It's a real ghost town without anything to tell a story except that roadside marker. As I was reading it, I was thinking of how many people actually have read this road marker. At least now it is available to whoever comes across your blog. Thanks for sharing, Jenn!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks Bill, kind of sad isn't it? There are many places totally gone off the map on the prairies, some with not even a marker.

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  6. I would bet the Camrose Centennial Museum likely has some info on Dinant.

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  7. I'm also thinking that one pic that is supposedly of Dinant, is not. It looks like mountains in the background.

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    1. Hi Tim, not sure, it's from the Provincial Archives from a collection of a family from Dinant.

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  8. You have an amazing ability to find what everyone else misses even when it is right there for all to see. 👀

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    1. Thanks Glen, sadly years ago I probably drove by many roadside signs and interesting places and didn't give them a second though. I am making up for it now!

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    1. Thanks Debra, someone told me the model on top was made by 2 local men.

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  10. That's kind of sad...there are so many towns and villages that simply disappear over the years, along with the people who lived there. It's really cool that you do this Jenn. I love reading about the history.

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    1. Thanks Rain, this one I find even more interesting as it was surviving into the late 60's at least. Lots of places came and went during the earlier years.

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  11. That's kind of sad that the whole town just ceased to exist like that. It's nice that they put up the marker at least.

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    1. Thanks Danielle, it doesn't feel as though it was very long ago that there was a town there. The 60's/70's aren't thaaaaat long ago lol!

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  12. I was about 3 or 4 years-old when we lived there. The general store, about a quarter-mile from the house, had candy in jars where you could point to the piece you needed. And, I vaguely remember Hutterites from nearby, dressed in scary dark clothing came to sell produce. We moved away before the town died. Now, a time machine would be nice - to go back to check out my memory...

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    1. Thanks Doug, I am so glad you found my post, I wish I had more info and pictures but I am working on it. I have often wished for a time machine to go back and see these places lol!

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