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Mortlach is a village in Wheatlands Rural Municipality No. 163, Saskatchewan, Canada. The population was 254 at the 2006 Census. The village is located on the Trans Canada Highway about 40 km west of the city of Moose Jaw. Thunder Creek (one of the rivers that flows into Moose Jaw) passes the town to the north where it is joined by Sandy Creek.HistoryOrigin of nameWhile there are several theories about the origin of the name Mortlach such as: it was named after an English Village; it is a Gaelic translation of 'low hills'; and it may be a French term for 'dead lake' or Lac du Mort. The one that is generally accepted is that the Village was named by George Stephen, the first President of the CPR, for his home Parish of Mortlach, Scotland. Other community names such as Parkbeg, Caron and Craigellachie, site of the 'Last Spike', also hail from his home parish. A church in Dufftown in Banffshire, Scotland with origins dating back to 525 AD, bears the Mortlach name.Homesteading daysIn 1904, the Canadian Pacific Railway's (CPR) new line became operational and the Village of Mortlach came to life on land originally homesteaded in 1902 by a Khamis Michael, a native of what is today Iraq. By the spring of 1905, many people who had homesteaded the summer before along with new homesteaders began building. The first store, post office, and lumber and coal supply would be owned by Mr. E.B. Tedford. Scribner and Wheeler built the first hotel in 1905 and the first school was built that fall.
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