Pinto, Saskatchewan, Canada

Not much more than a Railroad siding and a Post Office.

The Hamlet of Pinto, was located East of Roche Percee

Latitude - Longitude
49° 04' 00“ N - 102° 42' 00” W

Section 25, Township 1, Range 6, West of the 2nd Meridian

Located just over 4 1/2 miles north of the Canada USA boundary, about 6 miles straight East of Roche Percee

Unincorporated Area

Altitude= 1877 feet above sea level

Location of Pinto is highlighted in Red above
On the Canadian Pacific Railroad, also known as the Soo Line

Pinto was the first siding after the Railroad came out of the Souris River Valley East of Roche Percee on it's way to North Portal, and across the USA boundary
This is a portion of my Dad Phil Gent's 1927 Map of SE Sask., The land he owned was marked in pencil above, it later was sold to the PFRA
The gravel road that runs through the valley along the Souris River, will take you to the gravel road which turns to the right, and heads up and out of the valley, right past the old location of Pinto, No original buildings remain. When I was young I remember railroad buildings in the area, but not much more.
There was never an elevator in Pinto. The Railroad siding was used by a few mines north of Pinto, to load coal into boxcars.

Pinto Collieries Mine Map ca 1932
Map Courtesy Richard (Dick) Wright, P. Eng

Meaning of the name “Pinto”
Found an article in a 1967 paper, which stated all that was left was the CPR depot, and a few stark lone timbers, and grassy holes, to indicate the once bustling village. It goes on to state Pinto grew up amidst the spotted hills, of red shale, green ground cedar, and grey clay banks of the Souris River. This patchwork of colours prompted the name of “Pinto”. It was suggested by one of the Ranchers in the District.

Famous Person born in the area:
Paul Yuzyk of Winnipeg was appointed a Senator on Feb 4, 1963, by Prime Minister Diefenbaker.
appointed Professor of Slavic Studies and History at the University of Manitoba in 1951.
He was born at Pinto SK June 24,1913
died July 9, 1986.
Served in the Canadian Army in 1943.
Studied at the University of SK, and Minnesota.
President of the Manitoba Historical Society
and Dominion Vice-President of the Ukrainian National Federation.
Known as the Father of Multiculturalism.
His father came to Canada in 1904, and worked as a coal miner at Pinto.
Paul married Mary Bahniuk on July 12, 1941.
His father Martin Yuzyk, mother- Katherine Chaban

I do not have a great amount of information. I would love to receive any that pertain to the area

Pinto ca 1920-1921

Had Dominion Express (no Agent)

Peter “Pete” Bugeresti, (alt- Bugaresti) Section Foreman, CPR
b- July 12, 1890 in Austria
d- Apr 28, 1971, age 80
buried in Estevan SK
1940- foreman in Macoun

Excelsior Coal & Brick Co.- Thomas Nutt, Manager

Henry W. Taylor- Postmaster (see Post Office page)

Ruth Taylor- Assistant Post mistress (see Post Office page)

William Mason Stanley
b- ?
d- Sept 14, 1907 in the Pinto Mine.
William was buried in the Taylorton Cemetery.

This fellow died in a mine accident at the Pinto Mine Sept. 1907.
The roof of the mine collapsed on him, crushing his skull.
Coroner Davies from Estevan ruled it was an accident, and the rest of the mine looked like it was proped up properly.
Obviously it wasn't or this wouldn't have happened! Accidents like this were covered up continually in the district.
I have not been able to find anything concrete on where he was from.


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