Located in east central Saskatchewan there was a small town called Hamton. Established in 1913, the population started to decline in 1957. The people left and the town became another ghost town in Saskatchewan.
On my first visit the town had many abandoned homes, community hall and some old businesses. Many of the buildings still had furniture, belongings and other contents. I revisited the site multiple times at which I noticed the community hall was converted into a skate park memorial and many of the houses had been vandalized. The town may be best know for its short yellow bus on main street.
In an area full of heritage this town did not survive the test of time. Overgrown by the grass and taken over by wild animals this town is a beautiful site to see. Houses remain along gravel streets, old cars and even a short bus sits abandoned. The hall is completely silent and the power lines long cut. This town has a variety of buildings, some in better condition than others, but all abandoned. Unfortunately in 2018, due to safety concerns, the local rural municipality burned everything that remained to the ground.
Ever heard of Glasnevin, Saskatchewan? Chances are if you have driven down the Red Coat Trail, also known as Highway 13 or the Ghost Town Trail, you have driven by this place. Not much remains today except this town hall. Right along the highway, it sites alone, a sign of a town that once was. The remains of the elevator can be found nearby.
When we first visited the town hall it was open and the power was still on. It had signs of a wedding reception that took place years before. Today the hall is locked up and no longer has power. If you ever ride the Southern Prairie Railway tourist train from Ogema, you will go right past this hall so keep an eye out!
Keeler is not a true ghost town, some residents do remain. The town of Keeler was established in 1904. It had Four grain elevators that were built along the rail line. It wasn’t until 1908 that the first building was built in Keeler. The post office was moved into town that year. Around 1909 the Presbyterian Church was established in the town. In 1911 a second school, Keeler School, opened in town. The Keelerville School remained open until 1959. In 1970 Keeler School closed as well.
The peak population of Keeler was 115 in 1926. Keeler’s population began to decline in the 1930s and 1940s due to the Depression and war. It has been the home of less than fifty people since 1981 and today has not more than fifteen. The grain elevators were destroyed in 1978, two in 1986, and the fourth by the early 1990s. In 1988 the rink was demolished and in 1993 the post office closed.
A few residents do remain in town, including the mayor. Please be respectful when you visit.
This very small ghost town seems like it may have been quite the town in its day. All the streets are obvious through lots of overgrowth, many houses remain but most are overgrown or fallen in. There is no elevator, but evidence of an elevator remains. The rail line is still visible. There is one resident remaining and a large abandoned business that can be seen on main street.
Not much is known about this little ghost town.
Type: Ghost Town
Last known status: 2019 - ghost town, fenced + posted. PRIVATE PROPERTY.
Type: Railway Siding
Last known status: Abandoned
Former CP Siding of Baring, Saskatchewan was established in 1908. It is unknown whether there was ever more to this siding than what can be seen today but I do know that there was a post office and it was closed in 1967. The siding today only has the elevator and an old community hall which is empty. Baring is so far out into a field that I have only been to it once but have driven by numerous times, always in the winter.
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The definition of "abandoned"
1. having been deserted or cast off.
Similar: deserted, forsaken, cast aside/off, stranded, rejected, dumped, ditched, unused, disused, neglected, idle, unoccupied, uninhabited
2. unrestrained; uninhibited.
I have been exploring abandoned buildings all over Saskatchewan and beyond since 2007.