In the early 1870's two American businessmen were tipped off by their friend James J. Hill, the great railroad entrepreneur, about an area in Manitoba which possessed an extraordinary potential for developing into the principal economic center for the region. With eager optimism, Thomas Carney and William Fairbanks led a colonization party in the spring of 1874 to settle the prairie on the east side of the Red River at the Canada-U.S. border.

Today Emerson is a charming, friendly town with an average population of about 700. Emerson Port of Entry is a major border crossing, accommodating nearly a million travelers per year. The twinning of Highway #75 has greatly enhanced travel for visitors from the U.S.A as well as Canadians going south.

See you in Emerson - The Gateway to Manitoba!


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