Antler, Saskatchewan

The first settlers in the Antler region were French and Belgian and arrived in 1892. In 1900 the railroad line came through Antler. A post office was also established the same year. A school was built in 1901, but replaced by a new school in 1918. The first elevator was built around 1900 and others followed in 1906-1907. In 1913 a Merchants Bank of Canada was constructed. It became a Bank of Montreal in 1922, but the building was sold in 1936 when it was used for doctors’ offices and later as a residence. (Last picture – two-story brick building). In 1908 the Methodist Church was built. I’m guessing the church closed in the 1990s.  The peak population of the town was 171 in 1926. The decline of the town began in the 1960s. The school closed in 1969 and the building sold to a local farmer in 1975. Antler’s current population is about 40.

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~ by emanate80 on January 4, 2014.

4 Responses to “Antler, Saskatchewan”

  1. Doesn’t matter where or why, but I love ghost towns.

  2. We just spent two weeks in British Columbia. Do you have any blogs about that province? We want to learn more before we visit again.

    • Sorry, I don’t have any posts on BC. I have been there several times, but not recently. I loved Victoria, Stanley Park in Vancouver, and the interior (Vernon, Penticton) when I was younger.

  3. Is Antler considered a ghost town today? My mother was born there in 1910 and I’m attempting to get information about her history (her father homesteaded in the early 1900’s. I found an excellent book on line “Footprints in the sands of time” published in 1983 and put together by the Antler Historical Association. Today, I’ve not been successful in getting any information about this organization or Antler (other than your blog!!). Good for you, photographing what you are. Please let me know who I can contact in the region. Many thanks (I live in Victoria, BC!)

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