Stony Mountain Institution

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Stony Mountain Institution is a clustered site, housing maximum, medium and minimum security inmates Taken in the early morn last spring, just north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on Highway #7.…Better seen enlarged HERE

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The prison was built during the mid-1870’s after the Federal Government expropriated the land where it rests now. At the time, James Livingston was living on the property and refused to leave. He quickly set up his shack and piled stones. He also started a supply of ammunition and threatened to take anyone on who tried to take his land. When the engineers – Morrison and Barclay of Ontario – came to start work on the penitentiary, they convinced Livingston to put his guns down and talked him into becoming the prison yard’s watchman.

The prison was built from brick, stone and llimestone. It opened in 1876 at the cost of $125,000, complete with gun turrets.

Stony Mountain is situated on the outcropping of limestone heaved up from a flat plain. The outcropping consists of 3 separate hills. Together they form a horseshoe facing south. It is a mile across from east to west and a mile and half from north to south. Near the prison, sits the Rockwood Prison which is a minimum security prison. Some of the prison staff live in the 32 homes built nearby.

It is said that the prison was originally built to mainly house aboriginals. Two of its first inmates were Poundmaker and Big Bear who fought against the government for their land. It’s also the same prison that kept David Milgaard and Thomas Sophonow.

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