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.
Keeler has an interesting past!
Photographs from 2009 + 2011
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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.