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Manning Battle River Pioneer Museum



Manning Battle River Pioneer Museum

ChurchA dream years in the making became a reality in 1983 with the grand opening of the Battle River Pioneer Museum. The facility, located one kilometre east of the town of Manning on Highway #69, is operated entirely by volunteers and has a wide variety of artifacts on display ranging from antique dairy implements to farm machinery. It offers local visitors and passing motorists an opportunity to explore the pioneering lifestyle of settlers to the Peace Country.

Main BuildingThe museum consists of a large main building, a cabin, a post office, a blacksmith shop and machine sheds. Artifacts donated from all over the Peace Country, and as far away as the United States, grace the displays at this unique rural museum.

Among the prized treasures are a full-mount albino moose, timber wolf, two-headed calf, buffalo calf and other wildlife. Other items include a Windigo moose skull, rocks, books household items, a hand-carved three-strand wooden necklace, tools small engines, clothing, office equipment, buggies and much more. There are two large burls, and a stump with five trees growing from it, a length of tree that separates to two trees then back to one, and other unusual tree formations.

The highlight of the facility is a collection of antique farm equipment. This collection, which is known province wide, numbers close to 55 operational tractors, some built as early as 1918.




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