Manitoba's Uncommon Sites and Sights
Spotlight #1 --- Section markers (?) in Headingley & elsewhere
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I thought maybe section markers, or 1/4 section
(free land grants) as I remember more 03 bottoms. Confusing ???
Railway is my guess. I'll check with their webpages.
I always assumed that it was a mile marker as the number 9 was on the marker and my property is 9 miles east of Highway # 7. After the road reconstruction this marker was never replaced.
I would enquire with the Department of Highways. Possibly, one of the older employees would know why they were placed. It appears that they are no longer used on Provincial Highways.
They were placed along the north or east side of the roadway. The top number indicates the control section and the bottom number the mile in that section. The road number itself was not shown. A number on the back would indicate the Highway District number.
In the mid 80's, 4x4 posts began to be used. Although control sections are still used by the department, it seems the markers are no longer erected or maintained.