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Provincial Heritage Property Designation an Industry First for Saskatchewan Ranch

Released on September 18, 2017

Acknowledged for its historical integrity and association with the ranching experience in Saskatchewan, the Historic W.D. & Alice Reesor Ranch has been designated as the province’s 52nd Provincial Heritage Property.

“Our government is pleased to recognize the Historic W.D. & Alice Reesor Ranch as a Provincial Heritage Property,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “This property tells the story of a family’s life on a Saskatchewan ranch for more than 100 years.  This story will help future generations to understand the historical significance of the ranching industry in our province.”

The designated portion of the cattle ranch, founded in 1904 and located south west of Maple Creek, includes the ranch house, several barns and sheds, and natural landscape elements.  The main buildings were erected between 1906 and 1916 and display original construction and functionality, as well as modifications made by the Reesor family to adjust to the evolving ranching industry and family life.

Today, the buildings operate as the headquarters of the Reesor’s family ranching operations and as an award-winning bed and breakfast business.  The family feels this designation is another milestone in celebrating the hard work and legacy of their parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

“We see it as an honour to the family, the Cypress Hills community and the province, being the first ranch in Saskatchewan to be designated,” current resident and operator of the ranch Theresa Reesor said.  “We have been here 20 years, and our focus has always been on emphasizing the history of the family and of ranching in Saskatchewan and in Cypress Hills.  It has been part of our mandate to tell the story and keep it alive.”

Provincial Heritage Property designations play an integral role in the conservation and protection of Saskatchewan’s heritage.  For more information about Saskatchewan’s Provincial Heritage properties visit www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/parks-recreation-heritage-and-arts/heritage.

For more information about the Historic W.D. & Alice Reesor Ranch, please visit their website at www.reesorranch.com.

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For more information, contact:

Katrina Robinson
Parks, Culture and Sport
Regina
Phone: 306-787-3506
Email: katrina.robinson@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-550-5927

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