Where pupils once filed in with their lunch pails for a day’s learning, there is now a relic that leaves no doubt, school’s out in Readlyn, Saskatchewan. This old school is thoroughly fenced however, and the grounds are in use by the property owner, so I wasn’t able to get any closer.
Readlyn is about 90 km south of Moose Jaw, in Excel Rural Municipality No. 71. Like many of the tiny former railroad communities in this part of Canada, Readlyn was once an incorporated village, but voted to dissolve and become a hamlet in the 1950s. I was unable to find population figures for Readlyn, but it’s not many these days. If you know, please leave a comment below.
The R.M. Dean Store shown above looks like it may have gone through periods of reuse. A photo taken in 2012 shows the front entry all boarded up and marked “No Trespassing,” but when I visited in 2016, the front entrance had been reopened, as if someone had attempted to reopen this store for some attempt at a new life. We’d love to know the story.
The yellow house shown above was abandoned, and it had a hand-lettered sign hanging above the porch that read “Readlyn Rural Telephone Company.”
This abandoned structure in the trees was hard to photograph because it was so overgrown. As I walked around the corner between getting shot above and the one below, I stepped in a gopher hole the size of a salad plate and my leg went into it knee-deep. I was grateful to get out with just a scraped elbow.
What do you know about Readlyn, Saskatchewan? Please leave a comment below.
Photos by Troy Larson, content copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media