Founded in 1909, Neidpath is in southern Saskatchewan, about 40 kilometers southeast of Swift Current, or 190 kilometers north of Saco, Montana. The Canadian National Railway arrived in 1924, and today, Neidpath is a relic of that simpler time when the railway was a primary means of transportation for people and goods.
Neidpath (pronounced NEED-path) is in Coulee Rural Municipality No. 136, and depending on whom you ask, the population is between zero and fourteen–the number really dependent on who considers themselves a permanent resident and how far from the town center you’re willing to extend the boundary. The town has always been unincorporated, so official population records don’t exist. I saw a truck parked in front of an apparently occupied dwelling, and waved at the Canada Post delivery man while I was there, so somebody is getting mail in Neidpath.
The haunting wood grain elevators are the most prominent remaining structures in Neidpath, two of the four total elevators that once stood here. For a time, Neidpath was the end of the line for the railroads, and they have all pulled up stakes now, leaving Neidpath unconnected to the rest of Saskatchewan except by road.
There used to be a phone company, a pool hall, and three hotels in Neidpath, too.
On the north slope of the coulee, a former church and abandoned home overlook the town.
Above, the foundation of a long gone structure remains in the tall grass.
Photos by Troy Larson, copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media