Through the years Ituna continued to thrive and grow. Businesses and residents alike came and went, all leaving their mark upon the community and taking with them memories of their time spent in Ituna.
Today, Ituna is a town of about 700 people, rich in Ukrainian heritage, neat and clean, and boasting of many modern facilities.
How did Ituna get its name?
At the time that the railroaders were building the mainline of the Grand Trunk Railroad they had the task of finding names for the little towns along the way. Many of these towns were no more than seven miles apart and an attempt was made as far as possible to name the towns in alphabetical order. As such, there was Fenwood, Goodeve, Hubbard and then a name beginning with the letter "I" was needed.
Perhaps the name was just copied from a town in Oklahoma of the same name, however, it is believed that the name originally came from Rudyard Kipling's story "Puck of Pook's Hill". In this story we read about "The Wall which stretched from Segedunum on the east to Ituna on the west". The Wall is Hadrian's Wall, built by the Romans to keep back the marauding Scots. Ituna was the wide estuary of the River Forth at the end of the wall.
We have a unique name, ancient in origin, and found no where else in Canada.
More Ituna History
The Ituna Museum is a great source of history and artifacts from the past. The Ituna & District Museum will be open every Wednesday from 1 - 4 pm. If you would like to visit the Museum at other times please contact Emily 306 795 2835 or Marsha 306 795 3458 or Diane 306 795-2484. You can get a sneak preview of the Museum by visiting here.
*The story of the Town of Ituna has been submitted to the Western Development Museum website and can viewed here or at kiosks in Saskatchewan Western Development Museums.
*The Ituna Museum holds a substantial collection of memorabilia associated with the history of the Town of Ituna. Contact the Town Office for further information.
*In 1985, a book "So Much Is Ours" containing the history of the Ituna - Hubbard area was published and can be found at the Ituna Parkland Regional Library. A second edition "So Much More Is Ours" was also published in June of 2010. The second edition can be purchased at a cost of $40 each. A digital edition can also be purchased. Please contact Nell Wuschenny 306.795.2228..