Academic journal article Manitoba History

Former Manitoba Premier John Bracken Honoured

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Former Manitoba Premier John Bracken Honoured

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John Bracken Highway has been designated the official name of a 195-kilometre section of PTH 10 from the International Peace Garden north to Riding Mountain National Park, to honour the longest-serving premier in Manitoba history.

The official John Bracken Highway signs will be posted along PTH 10, a route that passes through rolling hills and verdant agricultural land. The sign was unveiled this summer at a ceremony in Brandon, about halfway between the north and south endpoints on the designated section of highway. Members of the Bracken family travelled to Brandon for the unveiling from across Canada and the United States.

"This is a tremendous honour to have bestowed on the Bracken name, a lasting tribute to our father and grandfather," said Michael Bracken, grandson of the former premier. "He was a leader in many ways as the head of our family, a politician and an educator."

Bracken was born in Ellisville, Ontario in 1883, and worked as a professor at the University of Saskatchewan before being appointed as principal of the Manitoba Agricultural College in 1920. In 1922, Bracken became premier of Manitoba and represented The Pas in the Manitoba legislature. …

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