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Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
[Weyburn] [Saskatchewan] [Canada]

Weyburn is a city in southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada. It is located 110 kilometres (68 miles) southeast of the provincial capital of Regina and is 70 km (43 mi) north of the border with the United States.

Weyburn is the birthplace of acclaimed Canadian writers W. O. Mitchell, Guy Gavriel Kay and Mark Steven Morton, and former National Hockey League player Dave "Tiger" Williams. It was also home to Canadian politician Tommy Douglas who is credited with the establishment of Medicare in Canada. In 2005, Douglas was voted the Greatest Canadian in a nationwide poll on Canadian Broadcasting Corporations "The Greatest Canadian". British medical researcher Dr Humphry Osmond is also a former resident of Weyburn. It is also the birthplace of the former Premier of Prince Edward Island, Pat Binns.

Weyburn was founded in the late 1800's on the shores of the Souris River by railroad workers. The name of the town comes from the Scots phrase "wee burn," meaning "small river," in reference to the Souris River which runs through the city. Weyburn was founded in 1898, officially incorporated as a village in 1902, a town in 1903, and a city in 1913.

Weyburn is the largest inland grain gathering point in all of Canada. Well over half a million tons of grain pass through the Weyburn terminals each and every year. Weyburn is also home to the world's only curling museum, the Turner Curling Museseum. Weyburn is also home to the Souris Valley Mental Health Hospital. When opened in 1921, it was the largest building in Canada and was considered on the cutting edge of experimental treatments for people with mental disabilities. The facility had a reputation of leading the way in therapeutic programming. At its peak, the facility was home to approximately 1,500 patients. The history of the facility is explored in the documentary Weyburn: An Archaeology of Madness.

Weyburn is the home of the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). The Red Wings have been Canadian Junior A Hockey League Champions on two occasions, in 1984 and 2005.

City/Town : Latitude: 49.66803, Longitude: -103.85819


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   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Leistra, Dirk Tjeerds  17 September 1954Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada I163027


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