Rockwood

Rockwood, Manitoba, incorporated as a rural municipality in 1880, population 7964 (2011c), 7692 (2006c). The Rural Municipality of Rockwood is located north of Winnipeg; it includes the communities of Stony Mountain, Grosse Isle, Argyle, Balmoral, Gunton and Komarno.

Rockwood, Manitoba, incorporated as a rural municipality in 1880, population 7964 (2011c), 7692 (2006c). The Rural Municipality of Rockwood is located north of Winnipeg; it includes the communities of Stony Mountain, Grosse Isle, Argyle, Balmoral, Gunton and Komarno. STONEWALL and Teulon are separate corporate entities. Stony Mountain was a haven from RED RIVER flood waters for early traders and later for Red River colonists.

History
Homesteading began in the 1860s; during the 1870s settlers included Ontarians, Americans, Red River colonists and British immigrants. Scandinavians settled at Norris Lake and Teulon; UKRAINIANS at Komarno. Mixed farming was the main activity, but several brick yards and quarries were established and crushed LIMESTONE from Stonewall quarries became a major industry.

Present Day
Agriculture remains prominent today and one quarry is in production. Other Industries include an aerospace plant near Stony Mountain and a fish hatchery - it was a federal fish hatchery/research station from 1971 to 1996 - at Gunton. A federal prison has been at Stony Mountain since 1874.


Further Reading

  • Robert A. Quickfall, Re-echoes from Rockwood: Sequel to "Rockwood Echoes": and Recording More of the History of Rockwood - and the Men and Women Who Pioneered this Municipality, 1870-1965 (1964); Rockwood-Woodlands Historical Society, Rockwood Echoes: 90 Years of Progress, 1870-1960. A History of the Men and Women Who Pioneered the Rockwood Municipality (1960).