Help, I’m in Morden!

I’m sorry, that’s a stupid way to begin a post. But, that picture! I had to.

We’ve visited Bruce the Mosasaur in Morden before so this time we didn’t stop in (a travesty, I know! Bruce is so cool) but DID YOU KNOW that at the west end of town, there’s a really cool, pandemic-unfriendly dinosaur-fish that you can stick your head into? I did not know, so when we stumbled across it in our walk, I had to pretend I’d been eaten. Obviously.

Also in the same park, there’s the “love seat” rock!

According to the sign nearby, this weird stone was found near Morden “years ago”. Apparently a select group of scholars kept it a careful secret. They learned this rock is likely a powerful talisman “shaped at the beginning of time”. If you sit here with someone you love, your years together will be enhanced. If you sit here alone, it’ll suck.

Seeing as this rock is near the jokey fish, I didn’t take it very seriously, but it sure is fun and nifty.

(Seriously though, is that sign satire? Do they put up satirical plaques in Morden? If so, I’m impressed.)

After this, Andrew and I embarked upon a very chilly evening walk, doing our best to follow the “Mansions of Morden” walking tour booklet which was created in 1982. (You can find the pdf online here!)

I also led Andrew to some of the sites that we have seen before, when we took a bus tour during the Corn & Apple Festival. (I wanted to see these structures in person, and not from a bus.) And then, the next morning I woke up early and stepped out for a stroll to see a different side of Morden — the Experimental Farm and the streets lining the railway.

The dearth of historic buildings in this small city is impressive and I am deeply and openly jealous. But I do suspect their choice to build with stone really helped these buildings stand the test of time. Here are a few things I saw on both of my Morden walks!

Court house, built 1904-1905.
Built in 1900. (This house was originally built by a Braun. I have not checked to see if it’s a relative… but if it is, it’d be distant.)
Built in 1895.
Built in 1892.
Built in 1895… for a baker. Though ownership has changed over the years, it’s once again a loved local bakery. I was excited to pick up treats here at Legends. Very delicious cinnamon bun and cookies!
Built in 1895.
They definitely care about trees in Morden. Here near the park, you can see they have constructed the street around the tree and kept it standing. I love that very much.
At the Morden Experimental Farm, est. 1915
This property along South Railway intrigued me. The sign says “McKennitt”. Wait. Famous celtic singer songwriter Loreena McKennitt is from Morden!
Pretty sure this is an office now, for the grain elevator folks across the road. I like what they’ve done with the place!
It’s amazing how this was once Morden’s downtown (along the railway) but then it shifted to Stephen Street… and now you can’t really even see this giant structure, even when you’re only a few streets over.
Built in 1913.
Built in 1902 (right near where the railway station had been at the time… the station is now at the PTM.)
I think it’s pretty cool that they have a Leo Mol sculpture here!

And here’s a pic of me taking pictures at Dead Horse Creek, which I totally love. (Just need to find out how it got its name!)


Getaway to Rendezvous & Bella’s Castle!