Turtleford

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Turtleford
Town
Turtleford is located in Saskatchewan
Turtleford
Turtleford
Location of Turtleford in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 53°23′N 108°57′W / 53.383°N 108.950°W / 53.383; -108.950
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Rural Municipalities (R.M.) Mervin No. 499
Post office Founded 1913-12-01
Town July 1, 1983
Government
 • Mayor Olson, Roland (2012)
 • M.L.A. of Cut Knife-Turtleford Larry Doke
 • MP of Battlefords—Lloydminster Gerry Ritz
Area
 • Total 1.69 km2 (0.65 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 525
 • Density 311.6/km2 (807/sq mi)
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC−6)
Postal code S0M 2Y0
Highways Hwy 26 / Hwy 3 / Hwy 301
Website Official Website
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Turtleford is a town in the rural municipality of Mervin No. 499, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Turtleford is located on Highway 26 near the intersection / concurrency with Highway 3 and Highway 303. The nearest large communities are North Battleford and Lloydminster. The Turtle River runs through Turtleford, and nearby are Bright Sand and Turtle Lakes.

Turtleford boasts the nation's largest turtle statue (more than eight feet tall), named Ernie.[5] "Ernie the Turtle" is located on Hwy 26 near the south edge of town.

A small vulnerable passenger bird called Sprague's Pipit has a breeding range in the Northern Great Plains of North America, and amongst their breeding spots is Turtleford, Saskatchewan. [6]

History[edit]

First settled in 1907 and 1908 the town was named for its proximity to the early river crossing (or ford) on the Turtle River.[7] A post office opened in 1913 and in 1914 the town was serviced by the railroad. By 1915 dozens of businesses had opened and Turtleford became a major centre for the area population. [7]

The former North Battleford - Turtleford Branch of the Canadian National Railway (C.N.R) served North Battleford, Hamlin, Prince, Meota, Vawn, Edam, Longstaff, Mervin, Turtleford, Cleeves, Spruce Lake, St. Walburg, [8]

Demographics[edit]

  • Lat (DMS) 53°23′00″ N
  • Long (DMS) 108°57′00″ W
  • Dominion Land Survey 12-51-21-W3

Time zone (cst) UTC−6

Education[edit]

Turtleford (Turtleford Community School) belongs to Turtleford School Division #65 a part of Northwest School Division.[11][12][13] Turtleford is served by Lakeland Library Region - Turtleford Branch[14]

Notables[edit]

  • Durold Textor recipient of Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Award for his involvement with leading and promoting co-operatives.[15]
  • Roger Deegan of the Turtleford Brass Band who played here from 1926 to 1941[16]

Media[edit]

  • Turtleford is served by the Northwest Neighbors newspaper.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, retrieved 2007-05-26 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, retrieved 2007-05-26 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line, retrieved 2007-04-24 
  5. ^ LARGE CANADIAN ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS, Ed Solonyka (1998–2006), Ernie - Canada's Largest Turtle Turtleford, Saskatchewan 
  6. ^ Sprague's Pipit
  7. ^ a b CANADIAN PLAINS RESEARCH CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF REGINA (2006), The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (Turtleford), retrieved 2007-05-27 
  8. ^ Canadian Maps: January 1925 Waghorn's Guide. Post Offices in Man. Sask. Alta. and West Ontario.
  9. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  10. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  11. ^ GrassRoots - Project Gallery Search Results, retrieved 2007-05-27 
  12. ^ Turtleford Community School, retrieved 2007-05-27 
  13. ^ NWSD, retrieved 2007-05-27 
  14. ^ Libdex - the library index, Lakeland Library Region - Turtleford Branch (– Scholar search), archived from the original on 2004-08-16, retrieved 2007-05-27 [dead link]
  15. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, TURTLEFORD RESIDENT HONOURED - Government of Saskatchewan, retrieved 2007-05-27 
  16. ^ Roger Deegan, retrieved 2007-05-27 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°23′N 108°57′W / 53.383°N 108.950°W / 53.383; -108.950 (Turtleford, Saskatchewan)