The day was done and I had finished photographing the places on my agenda on this day in July. I was on Highway 36 in southern Saskatchewan, enjoying the scenic drive north to a hotel in Moose Jaw, when I unexpectedly spotted this place right in front of me as I crested a rise in the road. I had no idea that I had stumbled upon the lonely ghost town of Galilee.
A post office was established in Galilee in 1913, the same year the railroad arrived, marking the beginning for this prairie settlement. The following year, several stores, a blacksmith shop, and a grain elevator had been erected.
The building on the west side of the highway looked like a house to me, but I discovered it was Sugar Loaf School, which opened in 1915, and it also hosted church services until 1960. According to a comment on this blog, Norman Swanson and Matti Garner ran the garage and post office in Galilee, and also got married in the school.
Galilee only lasted a few decades–people were moving away by the thirties. The school closed in 1956, and today, only these few crumbling structures remain.
For a ghost town, Galilee sees a lot of traffic. Five or six cars passed through in the brief few minutes I was there. There’s also an interesting post about some chalk outlines that a joker spraypainted on the highway in Galilee here. I was standing just feet from them when I took some of these photos, so either I missed them, or they’ve worn away.
What do you know about the lonely ghost town of Galilee, Saskatchewan? Please leave a comment below.
Photos by Troy Larson, content copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media