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District: Veregin
Province: Saskatchewan
Country: Canada
In 1904, the Canadian Northern Railway built Veregin Siding eight miles west of Kamsack, Saskatchewan. It was named after Peter “Lordly” Verigin (1859-1924), leader of the Community Doukhobors on whose land it was built. The siding was a short railroad track connected to the main CNR line where local farmers could load railroad cars with grain. In 1908, it became Veregin Station and a village site was laid out on the north side of the track. It was incorporated in 1912 as the Village of Veregin. The Doukhobor name for the settlement was Verigino (Веригино). By 1922, it had eight elevators and was one of the largest grain delivery points in Western Canada. Verigin Post Office has operated there since 1906. Veregin School District No. 361 operated there from 1908-1983. While the village was a creation of the railway, the Doukhobor presence has been highly significant. It was the headquarters of the CCUB from 1904 to 1931. On the south side of the track, the Doukhobors built a brickworks (1904), central warehouse (1904), general store (1905), large frame stable (1905), flour mill (1906-1909), 60,000-bushel mill grain elevator (1908), 65,000-bushel grain elevator (1915), 60,000-bushel grain elevator (1915), lumber yard and numerous communal residences and barns. Following the demise of the CCUB in 1937-1938, many of the structures were sold or dismantled. In 1980, the stately residence built for Peter "Lordly" Verigin in 1917 was restored as the Doukhobor National Heritage Village. In 2006, the Doukhobor communal structures were designated a National Historic Site. [SE9-30-1-W2] [51° 34' 43" N - 102° 04' 52" W]



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