KERROBERT — Kerrobert was visited by ghost hunters over the March 12 weekend. Two young men from Purgatory Adventures have visited several buildings throughout the province and decided to come check out the Kerrobert Courthouse which is rated the number three or four most haunted building in the province.
Over the years, many people have had heard strange noises or claimed to feel the presence of something, but nothing was visually around them. In some cases, people claim they have been touched or even scratched.
The Purgatory Adventures crew claim they did find proof of something. If you have access to YouTube, you can find it there.
The Kerrobert Courthouse was built in 1920 as one of five large courthouses built around that time. Kerrobert had been selected as one of the main judicial districts for the province. Back in 1920, this massive building cost just under $146,000 to construct. A former prime minister of Canada, John Diefenbaker, was involved in a trial at the courthouse in his younger years as a lawyer.
In the early 1990s, I remember our class from school being able to sit in at the courthouse while actual cases were being heard by the judge.
There is a lot of great history in this building, which in the mid 1990s was slated to be demolished. The council of the day had the idea to save the building and take it over to convert it into our town office, which has now become our cultural centre housing our museum, library and art gallery while still housing our town office. That was a fantastic decision, as our community and anyone that visits are in awe of this magnificent building.
The building is a popular location for graduation and wedding photos and will be housing an actual wedding ceremony this year as well, so hopefully we can have the new steps completed before that happens.
Thank you to everyone that has contributed financially to the new stairs and again, hopefully we can he them in place this spring. COVID-19 restrictions ruined the chance to have the building's 100-year celebration, but maybe it can still be included in some of this summer’s festivities.