|Rural Municipality||Bone Creek|
|Restructured (Hamlet)||January 1, 1951|
|• Governing body||Bone Creek No. 108 |
|• Reeve||Ben Lewans|
|• Administrator||Rhonda Bellefeuille|
|• MP||David L. Anderson|
|• MLA||Wayne Elhard|
|• Total||0.00 km2 (0.00 sq mi)|
|• Density||0.0/km2 (0/sq mi)|
|Postal code||S0N 2M0|
|Railway||Canadian Pacific Railway|
Instow is an unincorporated hamlet in Bone Creek Rural Municipality No. 108, Saskatchewan, Canada. The hamlet is located on Highway 13 also known as the historic Red Coat Trail, about 10 km northeast of the town of Shaunavon.
Instow, like so many other small farming communities throughout Saskatchewan, has struggled to maintain a sturdy population causing Instow to become a complete ghost town with no residents. Prior to January 1, 2002, Instow was incorporated under village status, but was restructured as a hamlet under the jurisdiction of the Rural municipality of Bone Creek on that date.
Instow was once a small hamlet founded in 1914 with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. C. Herbert, the first post master and founder of the small community, decided to name it after the small town of Instow, England, where he was originally from. During Instow’s boom years in 1923 the town grew to a peak of 60 citizens and was incorporated to village status. After incorporation, streetlights were installed throughout the village, a well, sidewalks, a skating rink, a seven-metre snowslide for winter sports and a ball diamond were built. The village even had a its very own fire engine. Instow once had two general stores, a restaurant, a bank, a livery barn, a lumberyard, a community hall, an implement agency, a post office, a garage, a telephone office, a blacksmith, a pool hall, and a total of 5 grain elevators.
In 1951 Instow’s Village Council decided it would be best for the village to revert into the municipality as a hamlet due to the rapid decline in its population. The community was struck once again with the closure of the post office in 1963. Over time many of the buildings in Instow have either been moved, demolished or simply rotted away, leaving nothing remaining but memories and photos.
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