The classic prairie town: CPR tracks, Railway Avenue, Main Street crossing at right angles to it, the old town neatly conscribed by the section lines, the new town spilling north into the adjacent quarter-sections.
Oil is near, developed in the mid-1950s, there is still a grain elevator, dating from the early 1900s, the oxbow is on the Souris River, population 1200, Highway 18 from the Manitoba border to Estevan follows the CPR line and becomes Railway Avenue as it divides the town from the elevator and its outbuildings.
There used to be one of these towns every 6 miles, or every township. Now when you drive through southern Saskatchewan often all one sees is a roadside plaque saying that there had, once, been a town there.
We are such a long way from Monday and the Battle of Alesia.