New Bothwell, Manitoba
The New Bothwell Town Centre with the local Hanover Fire Department hall in the background.
|Nickname(s): The Cheese Capital|
| • R.M. Council
|• MP (Provencher)||Ted Falk (CPC)|
|• MLA (Steinbach)||Kelvin Goertzen (PC)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Postal Code||R0A 1C0|
New Bothwell is a community in the Rural Municipality of Hanover, Manitoba, Canada. It is located approximately 15 kilometers northwest of Steinbach on Provincial Road 216, one kilometer south of Provincial Road 311 and six kilometers north of Highway 52. It has a population of approximately 500.
New Bothwell is serviced by a post office, a restaurant/convenience store, recreation center, an elementary/junior high school, a fire station, and two nearby churches. The local Chamber of Commerce and the local recreation committee organize community events such as an annual fall dinner, the winter carnival, and the summer fair.
New Bothwell is home to award-winning cheese producer Bothwell Cheese. Established in 1936, Bothwell Cheese was originally a co-operative owned by the local dairy producers. Over the years, Bothwell Cheese has earned a solid reputation as a world-class cheese maker, producing over 25 varieties of cheese, and made the community known for its cheese.
The New Bothwell area was settled by Mennonites who immigrated from the Bergthal Colony in southern Russia (now Ukraine) in the 1870s. Several small villages were established throughout the area, although nearly all have disappeared. One of the original villages was Kronsthal (generally translated as "Crown Valley" although local historians suggest "Crane Valley" may have been the intent), which was located on the western edge of what is now New Bothwell. It consisted of a few farms and a private school, among other things.
The first public school districts in the area - Arran, Moray, Seaton, and Bothwell - were created in 1919. The Bothwell School was located a half mile east of Kronsthal. Not long after the school was opened, businesses (such as the cheese factory in 1936) and families began to locate themselves near the school, and the entire village ended up moving a half mile east. Over the years, New Bothwell did eventually expanded westward to encompass the former site of Kronstal.
Kronsthal officially became "New Bothwell" in 1939, when the post office was established. "Bothwell" had been the first choice to register as the community's official name, as it was the name of the public school. However, this name was already registered in Ontario.
By the 1960s, New Bothwell remained as the only village in the surrounding area. The old school districts that served the area were eliminated and replaced with a new government run school at New Bothwell, part of the new Hanover School Division. Although no longer in existence, the old villages and school districts are still referred to by those who remember them.
In the 1990s, the Rural Municipality of Hanover established a fire station at New Bothwell, one of four operated by the municipal volunteer fire department.
Notable people from New Bothwell
- Joe Doerksen, mixed-martial artist for the UFC
- "Sod Turned On New Bothwell Lagoon". SteinbachOnline.com. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- "Sod Turned On New Bothwell Lagoon". Dawson Trail Dispatch. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- "Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bothwell Co-Op Dairy". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
- Heritage Collections: History of New Bothwell and District. Derksen Printers. 1994. ISBN 1-55099-045-4.
- "Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bothwell School No. 1961". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
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