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Virden, Manitoba (pop. 3020) is a town in southwestern Manitoba. Oil was first discovered in 1951, and Virden has since come to be known as the "Oil Capital of Manitoba".
It developed as a farming community, but grew in the late 19th century as a result of the railway, and in the 1950s with the discovery of oil.
The town is located at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway (also known as Highway #1) and Highway 83 (the 'Palms to Pines' route) and is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Wallace. Virden is a regional service centre owing in part to its location, and it has a stable commercial sector, including a Tim Hortons, an A&W fast food restaurant, Subway, Chicken Chef, and several other restaurants, gas stations, and coffee shops.
Known as the "Victorian Home on the Prairies", the Pioneer Home Museum exists within a late 19th century home. With over ten thousand donated items relating to Virden and area, the Museum's collection is extensive. It is open May to September and offers guided tours by youth guides. The museum is located at 390 King Street West in Virden.
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