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Happy Birthday City of Brandon, Manitoba!

Brandon, Manitoba is 131 years old today. According to the City of Brandon’s website, General Thomas Rosser chose the location for a major divisional point of the Canadian Pacific Railway in May 1881 and named this new townsite "Brandon".

The name "Brandon" goes back to the Blue Hills of Brandon, which received its name from a Hudson's Bay trading post known as Brandon House.  The trading post had been named after a hill on an island in James Bay where Capt. James had moored his ship in the winter of 1631.

Brandon was officially incorporated as a city on May 30th, 1882 and hundreds flocked to the area to capitalize on new opportunities and abundant farmland. Brandon grew so rapidly that it bypassed village and town status and became a city overnight. It is the second largest city in Manitoba.

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