Kerrobert

Kerrobert is a town in west central Saskatchewan. It had 1,061 residents in 2011.[1]

Kerrobert
Town
Kerrobert Court House
Kerrobert
Location of Kerrobert in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 51°55′12″N 109°07′38″W
CountryCanada
ProvinceSaskatchewan
Village1906
Post Office established:1910
Town1911
Government
  MayorWayne Mock
  MLA KindersleyKen Francis (Canadian politician)
  MP Battlefords—LloydminsterRosemarie Falk
Area
  Total7.49 km2 (2.89 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
  Total1,061
  Density141.7/km2 (367/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central Standard Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC−5
Postal code
S0L 1R0
Highways Hwy 21 / Hwy 31 / Hwy 51
WebsiteTown of Kerrobert website
[2][3][4]

Kerrobert is served by Highway 21, Highway 31 and Highway 51 as well as the Canadian Pacific Railway. It is approximately 65 kilometres east of the Saskatchewan/Alberta border and 180 kilometres west of Saskatoon.

The town is known for its large water tower, clearly visible from 15 kilometres away.

History

The village began with the name of Hartsberg in 1906[5] which became Kerr-Robert in 1910 with a final name change in 1924 to Kerrobert.[2]

Historic Sites

Kerrobert is home to several historic buildings including the Kerrobert Water Tower (1914),[6] the Kerrobert Library (1910)[7] and the Kerrobert Court House[8]

Kerrobert Court House, located in the centre of the town, was built in 1920. It was designed by the Provincial Architect Maurice W. Sharon and built by Wilson and Wilson of Regina for $145,750. The brick and stone structure was the seat of the Kerrobert Judicial District.[5] The former courthouse is currently used as the Town of Kerrobert Municipal office.

Kerrobert Rink

Kerrobert's first rink was built in 1910. A tin covered structure was built in 1911 on the 400 block of Manitoba Ave. The arena was used by citizens of the Kerrobert area until it was destroyed in a tornado in 1919. Metal was sent flying for miles and one man was killed by the flying tin. The insurance of the rink had expired a few days before. Residents went back to skating on the slaughterhouse slough. In 1927 there was a shell built to enclose the rink. On the morning of Nov. 25, 1946 the "old blue rink" was found to be burning. Subsequently, the provincial cabinet decided that Kerrobert would purchase and relocate one of the RCAF hangars located in North Battleford. Construction began on the new rink in August 1947 and was finished November 11. The rink was opened Christmas Day for the first time for public skating and curling.[5]

Demographics

Canada census – Kerrobert community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,061 (+6.0% from 2006) 1,001 (-9.9% from 2001)
Land area: 7.49 km2 (2.89 sq mi) 7.49 km2 (2.89 sq mi)
Population density: 141.7/km2 (367/sq mi) 133.7/km2 (346/sq mi)
Median age: 42.2 (M: 39.5, F: 45.2) 41.7 (M: 38.8, F: 44.8)
Total private dwellings: 480 470
Median household income:
References: 2011[9] 2006[10] earlier[11]

Climate

Kerrobert experiences a dry semi-arid climate. Winters are long, dry and very cold, while summers are short and warm. Precipitation is low, with an annual average of 342mm (13.5 in), and is heavily concentrated in the warmer months.

Climate data for Kerrobert
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 8
(46)
8
(46)
18.5
(65.3)
31
(88)
36
(97)
40.5
(104.9)
40.5
(104.9)
38
(100)
36.7
(98.1)
29.5
(85.1)
21.1
(70.0)
11
(52)
40.5
(104.9)
Average high °C (°F) −10.3
(13.5)
−7
(19)
0.6
(33.1)
11.4
(52.5)
18.8
(65.8)
22.9
(73.2)
25.5
(77.9)
24.7
(76.5)
18.9
(66.0)
11.4
(52.5)
−0.8
(30.6)
−8.5
(16.7)
9
(48)
Daily mean °C (°F) −15.7
(3.7)
−12.6
(9.3)
−5
(23)
4.2
(39.6)
11
(52)
15.4
(59.7)
17.8
(64.0)
16.7
(62.1)
11.1
(52.0)
4.3
(39.7)
−6.2
(20.8)
−13.7
(7.3)
2.3
(36.1)
Average low °C (°F) −20.6
(−5.1)
−17.8
(0.0)
−10.5
(13.1)
−2.9
(26.8)
3.2
(37.8)
7.8
(46.0)
10
(50)
8.6
(47.5)
3.3
(37.9)
−2.8
(27.0)
−11.5
(11.3)
−18.8
(−1.8)
−4.4
(24.1)
Record low °C (°F) −43.5
(−46.3)
−45
(−49)
−37
(−35)
−24
(−11)
−9
(16)
−4.5
(23.9)
1.5
(34.7)
−2.5
(27.5)
−11.5
(11.3)
−27
(−17)
−35.5
(−31.9)
−44.5
(−48.1)
−45
(−49)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 12
(0.5)
8.9
(0.35)
13.4
(0.53)
24.1
(0.95)
35.8
(1.41)
65.5
(2.58)
66.9
(2.63)
47.5
(1.87)
26.5
(1.04)
13.8
(0.54)
12.8
(0.50)
14.4
(0.57)
341.7
(13.45)
Source: Environment Canada[12]

Economy

The SaskPower Ermine Power Station is located in Kerrobert, with construction planned to be completed in 2010.[13]

Sports

Every year in March the town of Kerrobert plays host to the Kerrobert Ice Dog Rec Tournament, an ice hockey tournament.[5]

Kerrobert is home to the Kerrobert Tigers[14] of the Sask West Hockey League (SWHL).

Education

The Kerrobert High School was built in 1959. It had a gymnasium, a library, science lab, and a home economics room. The school was known around the area for its football field and the track around it.

In 1968 the Kerrobert High School was renamed the James Charteris Composite High School. James Charteris had worked at the Kerrobert School Unit Board for 22 years. The JCCS (James Charteris Composite School) schooled grade 7-12 until 1989, when Mary Rodney School closed down and grades K-6 were incorporated into JCCS. At this time, the school was again renamed, becoming Kerrobert Composite School or KCS.

At one time, the school's Curling Club included 20 students. In 2003, the team won both the Provincial title and the gold medal in the Canada Winter Games. In 2005, the team won the Provincial Senior Boys Curling Championship as well.[15]

References

  1. "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  2. National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Archived from the original on 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  3. Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  4. Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005). "Elections Canada On-line". Archived from the original on 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  5. "Town of Kerrobert website". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  6. "Kerrobert Water Tower". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  7. "Kerrobert Library". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  8. "Kerrobert Court House". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  9. "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  10. "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  11. "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  12. Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 30 July 2010
  13. Ermine Station
  14. "Kerrobert Minor Hockey". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  15. Kerrobert Composite School

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