Reclaimed Red Barnwood (O’ Canada Board)

  • Historic undesignated building 
  • 6½” Douglas fir planks
  • Weathered with paint remnants
  • Deconstructed, de-nailed, and wire brushed 
  • 2’ to 12’ lengths available
The Routhier Barn before deconstruction

The Routhier Barn before deconstruction

The Routhier Barn
In 1885 Jean Charles Routhier rode west from Quebec with the North West Mounted Police to stamp out the Riel Rebellion. In 1891 Jean Routhier retired from the NWMP and homesteaded south of Pincher Creek. It was here he raised a family and built this barn for his horses and cattle. The homestead was sold to Pincher Creek Ranches in 1945 and in recent months a newly developed acreage requires the dismantling of the barn. 

We salvaged several materials from the Rothier Barn deconstruction, including barnwood, antique barn gates, planks and some antique mangers.

Did you know?  
Jean Charles Routhier’s father, Sir Adophe Basile Routhier, was the author of a poem written to celebrate the National French-Canadian Congress in 1880 and this poem was put to music and is now our official National anthem, O’ Canada.

Granarywood from the 1920’s to 1940’s (GW001)

  • 4” Douglas fir planks
  • Sun and wind distressed 
  • Deconstructed, de-nailed, and wire brushed 
  •  2’ to 12’ lengths available

1872 Homestead Act
Under the Dominion Lands Act, individuals could apply to homestead a quarter section (160 acres) of their choice. Then, after paying a $10 filing fee and 'proving up' their homestead claim (occupying the land for at least three years and performing certain improvements, including building a house and barn, fencing, breaking and cropping a portion of the land), the homesteader could apply for patent (title) to the land. 

Did You Know?  
Ranching dominated southern Alberta but the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800’s brought in many new immigrants and settlers, and those who were interested in agriculture were more likely to become local homesteaders and farmers rather than ranchers.  This explains the abundance of small wooden granaries dotting our landscape.