In my opinion, there are two versions of the “Historic Stony Brook” in Steinbach. Today, I’m going to show you what I call the “authorized version”. Welcome!
This “brook” was kinda killed off back when developers re-routed it into ditches and drainage routes. Yet the impression the brook left, remains. Particularly because Elmdale Street lines both sides of the “brook”.
However! Over the years, Elmdale Street weirdness was managed by decommissioning the northeastern side, and making the southwestern side the one official street route. Now the northeastern one is alternately driveways, walking paths, and what-have-you. It looks nice!
Recently the brook has been given a lovely historic treatment. Now if only it would rain!
So, the other day when Andrew and I were walking around taking pictures of every single plaque along this route (the plaques denote which families settled on which plots of land in 1874). While we were doing this, we also took pictures of the Stony Brook, because the first homesteads in Steinbach were established along this brook, giving each family access to water.
It’s tough to imagine people once got their water from this brook… but hey, at least the imprint of where the brook once was, remains. And I’m a fan of the new look!
And here we have come to the end (or the beginning, depending on where you begin) of the heritage walkway along the Historic Stony Brook. I can’t wait to show you the UNAUTHORIZED version of this tour. Next up!