Crystal City, Manitoba

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Crystal City is a former village in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is located within the Municipality of Louise on Highway 3, 16 kilometres north of the Canada-U.S. border border and 200 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.

Crystal City was established in 1879. Thomas Greenway, the community's founder, later became its provincial representative in the Manitoba Legislature and later Premier of Manitoba.

Crystal City is a community on an angle. The community was moved near the railway, which is no longer in use, for more attraction. Greenway named it Crystal City because he thought that one day it would become a city - but it never did. The local school is named after him: Thomas Greenway Middle School (TGMS). TGMS has grades 5-8, and the Crystal City Early Years School (CCEY) has grades K-4.

The community has a very rich heritage as a thriving agricultural service centre. Over the years since the 1960s, Crystal City has had to adapt to changes brought about by the trend toward larger farms and an aging population. It remains a pleasant community to visit and is a good representative example of a small prairie town.

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The Crystal City Printing Museum, open on a full-time basis, is designated as a Provincial Heritage Site.

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Coordinates: 49°08′47″N 98°56′56″W / 49.14639°N 98.94889°W / 49.14639; -98.94889