Eastend

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Eastend
Town
Storefronts on main street Eastend
Storefronts on main street Eastend
Nickname(s): Dinocountry
Eastend is located in Saskatchewan
Eastend
Eastend
Location of Eastend in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 49°19′N 108°29′W / 49.31°N 108.49°W / 49.31; -108.49
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Census division 4
Rural Municipality White Valley
Post Office Founded 1914-01-01
Government
 • Mayor Alan Howard
 • Administrator Edna Laturnus
Area
 • Total 2.71 km2 (1.05 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 527
 • Density 194.7/km2 (504/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S0N 0T0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 13
Highway 18
Waterways Frenchman River
Website Eastend, Saskatchewan
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Eastend is a town in southwest Saskatchewan, Canada. It is situated approximately 55 kilometres (34 mi) north from the Montana border and 85 kilometres (53 mi) from the Alberta border.

The town is best known for the nearby discovery of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton nicknamed "Scotty" in 1994. The town has used the discovery of this fossil as the main centrepiece in the construction of a museum called the T. rex Discovery Centre, which opened on May 30, 2000. The centre is operated by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, and contains the RSM Fossil Research Station. A former resident of Eastend is the writer Wallace Stegner, who lived in the town between 1917 and 1921 and featured it as the village Whitemud in his book Wolf Willow.

Geography[edit]

Eastend is located south-east of the Cypress Hills, east from Ravenscrag Butte and south from Anxiety Butte. It lies at an elevation of 915 meters (3,002 ft), in the valley of the Frenchman River. The Eastend Reservoir was built upstream from the community.

The Eastend Formation, a stratigraphical unit of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin was named for the town and was first defined in outcrops close to the settlement.

Demographics[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

Saskatchewan Highway 13 and highway 614 intersect in Eastend. The Canadian Pacific Railway tracks also pass through the town. The Saskatchewan Transportation Company provides intercity passenger and parcel express service to Eastend.[6]

Attractions[edit]

  • T.rex Discovery Centre, a world class facility to house the fossil record of the Eastend area started many years before the discovery of "Scotty" the T.Rex in 1994.[7]

Regional Attractions[edit]

  • Big Muddy Badlands, a series of badlands in southern Saskatchewan and northern Montana along Big Muddy Creek. They are found in the Big Muddy Valley, a cleft of erosion and sandstone along Big Muddy Creek. The valley is 55 kilometers (34 mi) long, 3.2 kilometers (2.0 mi) wide and 160 meters (520 ft) deep.[8] The valley was formed when it was part of an ancient glacial meltwater channel that carried great quantities of water southeastward during the last ice age.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

  • John W. Bascom (1869-1948) - Frontier lawman, rancher, rodeo pioneer, rodeo stock contractor, Hall of Fame inductee.
  • Melvin Bascom (1903-1987) - Rodeo pioneer and champion, rancher, Hall of Fame inductee.
  • Raymond Bascom (1901-1943) - Rodeo pioneer, champion chariot racer, rancher, race horse trainer, Hall of Fame inductee.
  • George Haddad (1918–2010) - World renown pianist, who was born and raised in Eastend.[13]
  • Wallace Stegner- Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and environmentalist who lived in Eastend from 1917 and 1921
  • Sharon Butala - Canadian author who resides on a ranch outside of Eastend.
  • Séan Virgo - Poet and novelist who was born in Malta and has lived in South Africa, Malaya, Ireland, and the UK. His work has won various national and international awards.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  4. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  6. ^ STC Service Map
  7. ^ T.rex Discovery Centre
  8. ^ Yanko, Dave. "The Badlands". Virtual Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  9. ^ Harel, Claude-Jean (2006). "Big Muddy Valley". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Great Plains Research Center. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  10. ^ Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery
  11. ^ Great Sandhills
  12. ^ Robsart Art Works
  13. ^ http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0001484
  14. ^ Gowan, Jessi. "Eastend author shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Award (Prairie Post 27 February 2013)". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°31′N 108°49′W / 49.517°N 108.817°W / 49.517; -108.817