Richer man marks historic trail

 Roger Godard recently received an award for his work on a project that could see signage installed along the historic Dawson Trail.

   A Richer man was recently recognized for his hard work in marking a historic trail that runs through the community.

   Roger Godard has being recognized for his project called “Identifying the Manitoba leg of the Dawson Trail” by the Association for Manitoba Archives. He was nominated for the award by Le comité des amis de la priere (Friends in Prayer).

   Godard is very excited about the award, which involves marking the historical Dawson Trail.

   “I don’t want to divulge too much because there is funding involved and other aspects – but it involves putting up signs along the actual Dawson Trail,” stated Godard.

   The Historical Dawson Trail is often referred to as the Forgotten Trail, yet its construction was one of the most significant events in Canadian History.

   The Dawson Trail was named after Simon J. Dawson who was a surveyor on the expedition that led to the construction of a road that would eventually link the east to the west and unite the country from coast to coast. In 1868 a decision to proceed with the construction of a corduroy road was made and it took three years to build.

   Using Manitoba Archives, Godard created a project that consists of visibly marking the Manitoba leg of the Dawson Trail as it winds its way in broken stretches through Lorette, Dufresne, Ste. Anne and Richer and continues eastward all the way to the Whitemouth River, then down to Sprague.

   The Association for Manitoba Archives’ main objective is to enhance the quality of service provided by archives and archivists and to promote a better understanding and increased public awareness of the role and uses of archives.


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