Ghostown Blues Bed & Breakfast, Highway 271, 1 km west of Maple Creek, SK
Ghostown Blues Bed & Breakfast, Highway 271, 1 km west of Maple Creek, SK.
This is one of two sheep wagons. This wagon required little restoration, as it had been well preserved by a covering that was put over it many years ago. Contents are authentic, including the bed (but with modern mattress), stove, benches, pull-out table, track lamp, shelf, and towel racks. End walls originally were canvas, but Greg replaced with wood because he liked the way it looked.
Greg Hisey: "This wagon came from the Capser ranch, Capser, (near) Harlowton, Montana. (The ranch) went from Harlowton to Rygate. Bill Capser was 82 years old when I got this wagon."
The wagon was used until about 1939, when the Second World War cut off the ranch's supply of Basque sheep herders. The Studebaker running gear dates to 1896."
This is a genuine, original sheep wagon stove. Hisey says it had been kept in a barn and never used, so it's in mint condition.
"Sheep camp stoves had to be tin. They called this a 'Go-to-Hell Stove'. I don't know, someone could tell you why they call it a 'Go-to-Hell Stove', or why that was the name of it, but that's what they called these tin stoves. I think it's because they got so hot! They wanted them to heat up, quick hot fire and cool down."
"It's a workable stove, but I fill them with bricks because I don't want people using them."