Scout Hill, Hill of the Murdered Scout

Saskatchewan, Canada

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Couple miles NW of Northgate is Scout Hill- The Hill Of The Murdered Scout
Actually located on NW Sec 12, Tsp 1, Rge 3, W2

Scout Hill, Hill of the Murdered Scout, part ca 1889 NWMP map in Estevan Art Gallery NWMP Museum,
Copy in Trooper & Redskin Book, by John G. Donkin

Note- 1927 map, Highway 9 is not in the same place today (2011)
The Hill is at the north end of Riviere des Lac

On the 1927 map above there is a small triangle marking the spot.
This actually part of a first order in a triangular network that straddles the International border,
and was surveyed by the US and Canadian Governments.
It does not mark the exact boundary, but used to coordinate the Official Boundary markers.

Latitude- 49 deg, 1 min, 26.430 Sec
Longitude- 102 deg, 17 min, 28.948 Sec

There is a concrete /stone geological survey pillar on top of the hill, as described above.

It is a small hill, maybe 100 ft high, but is one of the higher points in the area.
Because it isn't real high, it is easy to miss driving by.

ca 1830 George Dawson recorded in his dairy the story of the Cree and Mandan tribes.
But Professor Bryce claimed it was the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, who were at war at the time.
An Assiniboine brave climbed the hill with the objective to spy on the Sioux encampment nearby.
He found a Sioux warrior asleep in his buffalo robe on top.
The Assiniboine killed the Sioux with a stone.
To mark this event he built an effigy of the Sioux making an outline of the body with stones,
with a hollowed area filled with a stone, for the head.
He also cut the footsteps near the body, removing the sod.
Henri Julien, an artist that traveled with the NWMP 1874 trek west, sketched the area on July 23, 1874.

Here are some pictures of the site, and survey marker,
Taken by my friends, Wayne and Opal Wagner

Survey Marker on top of the hill

The spot where the Murdered Scout laid, now covered in moss,
And a different color than the surrounding prairie grass.

This Pinto Pony came out of nowhere to visit, and vanished right after it appeared

The Hill is a famous landmark used for many centuries, by the Natives,
Later the Metis fur Traders, NWMP, and then the early European Settlers.

NWMP under Commissioner George Arthur French camped overnight at this hill, Thursday, July 23, 1874
“A” Troop left here at 3:30 am heading 16 miles, to St. Peter's Spring, which was just SE of Roche Percee.

You have to cross a Texas Gate, from Highway 9, heading west, to access the hill, and is no doubt now Private Land.
Please try and get permission to access!
Note- I do not know the contact person, sorry.

See my Estevan NWMP Wood End Museum Page
For more Pictures from this event

External Links of this Event
note- NOT my sites, links may or may not work in the future

Dr. Bryce's report ca 1886

Originally Created Sept 26, 2011**


  • Last modified: 2021/05/25 13:23
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