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Friday, July 4, 2014

Mourning Melville

Melville Sask. in dryer days

Thinking about you Melville Saskatchewan. Remembering this hot dry day last August, when we made your acquaintance.

Stayed in your Municipal camp-ground on August 13, on our way across country from a provincial park in Manitoba to another at Fort Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan.

Next morning we had a wander around the welcoming town, the smallest official city in that province, "a delightful town with a rich c20 settlement and railway history" according to my log-book.

I remember a very invitational (and air-conditioned) library where we checked email, and lots of interesting buildings, including the 1912 Edwardian Classical town hall/opera house, and the 1906 train station, being restored by the proud little community.

Civic-minded little place. Calls itself 'the city of volunteers'. Unfortunately, the town website seems to have plenty of work for volunteers, just to keep things going during this assault by mother nature.
Edwardian Classical Post Office

1912 Town Hall/Opera House - seen in a bad light

a welcome break from the heat at the friendly library

history at the library

Nice little spot Melville. Wasn't hurting anybody.
Hate to see bad things happen to good towns. Thinking of you folks.

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