Photo postcard taken in Duck Lake SK of three horse-drawn wagons racing down a dirt track. On both sides spectator standing and watching. Interesting woman on right side in long white dress and white bonnet.
Located ~90km north of Saskatoon and ~45km south of Prince Albert. Its main claim to fame is that it was the scene of the first battle of the North West Rebellion. Also home to French community
Written on negative LR ‘Duck Lake Sports’.
French text on back:
"Courses en Wagons de travail. Diminutif des chars Romaines. Très curieux a voir"
Work wagon races. Small version of Roman chariots. Very strange to see"
Postmarked with three ‘DUCK LAKE JUL 19 SASK’ on pair of 1 cent King Edward VII stamps. Mailed to Joigny, Yonne France. Receiving postmarks ‘PARIS --AOUT---’ and ’----09 YONNE’
Light crease left side.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the card for sale)
Duck Lake was one of the 5 Southbranch settlements settled by French speaking Métis from Manitoba in the 1860s and 1870s. A Roman Catholic Mission was established in Duck Lake in 1874 by Father André O.M.I. and by 1888 the village had a school, a post office, a flour mill and a trading post. From 1882 to 1905 Duck Lake was within the District of Saskatchewan of the North-West Territories.
In 1885, Duck Lake was the site of the Battle of Duck Lake, a conflict between Métis warriors and the Government of Canada, at the start of the Northwest Rebellion.