Passing Through Sleepy Verwood, Saskatchewan

Passing Through Sleepy Verwood, Saskatchewan

During a trip to photograph some Saskatchewan places, including Cadillac, Neidpath, and this abandoned bridge, I found myself passing through sleepy Verwood, Saskatchewan, and stopped to grab a few photos.

Verwood, Saskatchewan

Verwood is just under 100 kilometers south of Moose Jaw, or 50 miles north of Scobey, Montana. The most interesting structure I saw is Verwood Presbyterian Church (above) which was built in 1916. It looks like it has been vacant for quite some time.

Verwood, Saskatchewan

Like many of the southern Saskatchewan towns along the Ghost Town Trail, Verwood was once an official village, but chose to unincorporate in the 1950s (Admiral is another example) and become a hamlet, under the governance of the rural municipality. Even though there are a number of people still living here, effectively, Verwood is no longer a “town.”

Verwood, Saskatchewan

Verwood, Saskatchewan

The church shown above is the former St. John’s Lutheran Church. I don’t know how long it’s been vacant.

Verwood, Saskatchewan

There was also an abandoned one-room school in Verwood at one time, but either I missed it, or it’s not there anymore. What do you know about Verwood? Please leave a comment below.

Photos by Troy Larson, content copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media

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4 thoughts on “Passing Through Sleepy Verwood, Saskatchewan

  1. My father was born here and moved away to go to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon sometime in the ’50s.

    We sometimes talk about Verwood and he likes to tell stories about adventures that he and his pals had in the countryside around the town. When I first saw pictures from Google maps it looks exactly the way I thought it would from my Dad’s stories.

    I want to visit here one day just to see the same countryside my Dad grew up looking at and playing in.

  2. I was born in Verwood in 1940.
    Lived there until 1953 when the family moved to Moose Jaw. My Dad owned the store until about 1947 and then purchased the Summit Hotel. It was sold in 1953.
    Could expand on the subject but wont bother unless someone is reading the comments.
    Gerry Oberg.

    1. Hi Gerry
      I am reading the comments and would be very interested to hear more of what you know of the place.
      Would you happen to know how the place got its name? There is one one other Verwood which is located in Dorset, UK, in the south of England so I am guessing that one of the original settlers in the area was originally from there and carried the place name over… Do you have any knowledge of the village’s early history?

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