|All that is left of Tail Creek Town|
In 1875 a four man North West Mounted Police Detachment was set up in the town. It was needed to protect the people from rumored whiskey runners who were coming to set up shop. The original bad ass Canadian, Sam Steele, was there during this period to handle the situation. He was to be disappointed though as the rumors did not amount to anything and he didn't get to arrest any smugglers.
By 1878 with the buffalo gone, the town population dwindled. A devastating fire swept the through the area destroying everything but one cabin and the cemetery. Just like that, gone. That one surviving cabin is at the Stettler Historical Museum.
I came upon this cemetery by accident, which is what is so addicting about back road exploring. I don't normally check out cemeteries but I couldn't resist this one. I crossed the plank bridge over the ditch and opened the gate. The cemetery is quite large but only the back corner had graves. I suppose the settlers assumed there'd be people in the area for a long time and a large cemetery would be needed.
Some Metis families stayed in the area and a plaque has been mounted in the cemetery to honour them as some of the first permanent residents of the area.
|Entrance to the Tail Creek Cemetery|
|Monument to the Metis settlers of the area|