Esterhazy, Saskatchewan

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Town of Esterhazy
Town
Nickname(s): Potash Capital of the World
Town of Esterhazy is located in Saskatchewan
Town of Esterhazy
Town of Esterhazy
Coordinates: 50°39′N 102°4′W / 50.650°N 102.067°W / 50.650; -102.067Coordinates: 50°39′N 102°4′W / 50.650°N 102.067°W / 50.650; -102.067
Country Canada Canada
Province Saskatchewan Flag of Saskatchewan.svg
Post office opened 1903
Government
 • Type Town Council
 • Mayor Pauline Chewka
 • Administrator Donna Rollie
Area
 • Total 4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 2,472
 • Density 520.9/km2 (1,349/sq mi)
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
Postal Code S0A 0X0
Area code(s) 306
Website Official Web Site
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Esterhazy is a town in the southeastern portion of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, located 83 km southeast of Yorkton along Highways 22 and 80. The town is located within the rural municipality of Fertile Belt No. 183.

History[edit]

Esterhazy is reputed to be named for Count Paul Otto d'Esterhazy, an immigrant agent who was christened Johannes Packh, but at age 35 claimed he had "incontrovertible proof" that he was a Hungarian aristocrat of the Esterházy family. This claim was never recognized by the Esterházy family, one of the wealthiest families in Hungary. A year after making his claim, he immigrated to Saskatchewan, south of the current location of the town of Esterhazy, and in 1886 helped settle 35 Hungarian families, founding the colony of Kaposvar, named after the Hungarian city Kaposvár. The colony flourished, and many more immigrants settled the area as the years went by. In 1905 the town of Esterhazy was officially founded.

The area that is now the township of Esterhazy was first settled by English settlers in 1882, who founded Sumner Parish in the north. Later colonies included the Swedes to the west, Czechs to the southwest, northeast a German colony, northwest a Welsh one, and a Jewish settlement in the southeast, near Wapella, Saskatchewan.

In 1962, IMC Global (now Mosaic), a mining company, completed the shaft for a potash mine, and today the two joint mines, K1 and K2, combined produce more potash than any other mine in the world, granting Esterhazy the title of "Potash capital of the world." [4]

Historic sites[edit]

Kasposvar Church Historic Site
The Qu'Appelle Valley
Golf course

On July 8, 2009 the Esterhazy Flour Mill was designated as a national historic site of Canada, and is one of 45 Saskatchewan National Historic Sites.[5] The plaque commemorating the national historic site designation was unveiled on September 3, 2011. Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton—Melville unveiled the plaque on behalf of the Peter Kent, Canada's Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.[6]

Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church, also known as Kaposvar Church, was built in 1906-1907 by Brothers of Father Jules Pirot with Hungarian farmers hauling stones from the surrounding area. A large stone church, today it is the home of the Kaposvar Historic Site and Museum. This church is on a very well kept site, where tours of the church can be taken.[7][8]

Demographics[edit]

The town of Esterhazy had a population of 2,472 people in 2011 living in a land area of 4.74 square km.[1] The Esterhazy population centre also had a population of 2,472.[1]

Education[edit]

Esterhazy High School and P. J. Gillen School are in the Good Spirit School Division.

Students from the nearby communities of Tantallon, Yarbo and Gerald also attend school in Esterhazy.

Media[edit]

Newspaper
  • The Miner-Journal - weekly newspaper[9]
  • EsterhazyOnline - online newspaper

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Facts about Esterhazy". Town of Esterhazy. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  5. ^ Reynish, Dan (2009-07-08). "Esterhazy Flour Mill declared a historic site". CBC News. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  6. ^ Norek, Audra (2011-09-03). "Harper Government Commemorates Esterhazy Flour Mill". Canada News Centre. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Kaposvar Historic Site" (PDF). Heritage Property Directory. Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  8. ^ Adamson, Julia (16 Feb 2013). "Saskatchewan Roman Catholic Churches ~ Online Parish Registers ~ History > Esterhazy". Saskatchewan Gen Web. Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  9. ^ "The Miner-Journal". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 

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