Location: This Historical monument can be seen right on the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada at the Junction of Hwy #26 near St. Francois-Xaxier.

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Early one summer in the 1690s, a band of Assiniboines was camped on the banks of the Assiniboine River, about ten miles west of present day Winnipeg.

A young Cree brave from Lake Winnipegosis entered the Assiniboine camp and asked if he might marry the chief’s daughter. The chief was offered a beautiful and spirited snow-white steed, a Blanco Diablo, which came from the famed breed in Mexico, and an agreement was reached.

This agreement upset a Sioux brave from Devil’s Lake in North Dakota, also in love with the chief’s daughter. He vowed to capture and torture his rival under the pretext of a reprisal for past wars. Aware of the danger, the Assiniboine chief saddled the white horse, and advised the couple to escape under cover of darkness.

When the Sioux learned of the escape, they followed, and eventually overtook the couple on the west bank of the Assiniboine River a few miles west of where the St. Francois-Xavier parish church now stands. Arrows killed both warrior and his bride.

The white horse escaped, and according to legend, continued to roam the neighbouring plains for many years. The Assiniboines believed that the spirits carried the horse to the spirit world where he was reunited with the Cree brave.

The aboriginal peoples named this land, where the white horse ran free in honour of the powerful animal.

A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningover 6 years ago

    yep I know that horse well..although I don’t think i’ve stopped to take photos of it for years…
    I should…
    wonderful story to go with it..and yes i’ve heard it before. Fantastic angle and shot of it.

  • Thanks for the visit, I appreciate your comments Cheryl

    – Larry Trupp

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, Larry!

  • Thanks Cora, I appreciate your comments and your visit

    – Larry Trupp

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 6 years ago

    hey, this is beautiful Larry, you do know we want this in the Town Giants group eh???

  • Thanks Vickie, I appreciate your comments, and your advise is always appreciated.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 6 years ago
  • Yes, Mam

    – Larry Trupp

  • PFrogg
    PFroggover 6 years ago

    I’ve always liked that monument as kid going by there to the farm it held a fasination for us
    once we past ther we knew it was about 1/2 way to Portage La Prairie
    well done my friend

  • Hi John, I appreciate your kind words, yes this the entrance to the wide open prairies and to all points west

    – Larry Trupp

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 6 years ago

    Beautiful Larry. I know where it is but never stooped to take a picture of it.

  • Hi Theresa, so nice to hear from you, hope you had a restful holiday…I stopped for a visit with Vickie and Fred yesterday, if you have time check out WS, on 3 a week, OK

    – Larry Trupp

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 6 years ago

    I did visit WS and commented on your wonderful photos from yesterday’s visit at Vickie and Fred’s home. I also posted my three this time if you care to take a look.

  • Thanks for the info Teresa, I will check it out

    – Larry Trupp

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...over 6 years ago

    Beautiful Larry, the picture, the horse and the writing ;-)

  • Thanks Anne-Marie for the comments, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • linda858100
    linda858100over 6 years ago


  • Thanks Linda, I appreciate your comments so muck my Dear

    – Larry Trupp

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2over 6 years ago

    great story,, the image is fabulous, great shot :)

  • Hi Dawn, I appreciate your comments, thanks for stopping by

    – Larry Trupp

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