Cameron Grain Elevator

The Cameron grain elevator
The Cameron grain elevator

The Cameron grain elevator is a former Lake of the Woods elevator that became privately owned. It appears to be abandoned now.

This elevator was built sometime between 1902 and 1910 by the Lake of the Woods Milling Company. It shows that company’s name on one side and Five Roses Flour on another. The Five Roses brand was a Lake of the Woods brand, carried on by Ogilvie Milling when the companies merged in 1954. Today the Five Roses brand endures and is owned by Smuckers.

Lonely grain elevator
Lonely grain elevator

The elevator sits alone in the middle of fields, with a relatively new shale oil well nearby as its only company.

The elevator was bought by Manitoba Pool in 1959 and was closed in the late 1960s with the decline of the CPR Lyleton subdivision.

Cameron grain elevator
Cameron grain elevator

The elevator has an extended driveway (with no doors), a small office adjacent to the elevator, and no annexes or storage bins.

The condition of the elevator suggests it is no longer in use.

The elevator in Cameron, Manitoba
The elevator in Cameron, Manitoba

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Hartney Grain Elevator

The Hartney grain elevator
The Hartney grain elevator

The Hartney grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator, built in the late 1970s. This elevator had a listed capacity of 3,320 tonnes when it was last listed in the Canadian Grain Commission listings in 2001.

The traditional wooden elevator has a relatively modern annex attached, as well as two steel bins.

Tractor and grain elevator, Hartney
Tractor and grain elevator, Hartney
CP Hartney sign
CP Hartney sign

The elevator sits on the CP Estevan subdivision. At one time Hartney was also served by the CN Hartney subdivision until the portion through the town was abandoned in the late 1970s.

Hartney used to have two UGG grain elevators, one built in 1963 and an older one built in 1917. Neither exists any more.

Grain elevators in Hartney, 1893
Grain elevators in Hartney, 1893

The original Manitoba Pool Elevator (Pool #113) was built in 1929 and operated until 1978. At that time it was sold to Gibson Farms. It also has been demolished.

The town of Hartney has some very interesting store fronts along its main streets. The town museum is well maintained. It is well worth visiting.

Welcome to Hartney - glad you're here
Welcome to Hartney – glad you’re here

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Pierson Grain Elevators

Pierson grain elevators
Pierson grain elevators

There are two Pierson grain elevators. One was built by N.M. Paterson and the other was built by the Manitoba Pool Elevators. Both are now owned by Paterson and operated as a unit. Currently they are listed with a capacity of 8,025 tonnes.

The area around Pierson has a wide variety of birds for the avian enthusiast, including hawks, pheasants, grouse, and much more.

Paterson Grain Elevator

Paterson grain elevator in Pierson, MB
Paterson grain elevator in Pierson, MB

This elevator was built in 1965 to replace a former Consolidated (originally Dominion) elevator that was dismantled.

Paterson vehicle, Pierson, MB
Paterson vehicle, Pierson, MB

Former Pool Grain Elevator

The former Manitoba Pool elevator in Pierson, MB
The former Manitoba Pool elevator in Pierson, MB

The ex Manitoba Pool grain elevator was built in 1927 or 1928 and burned in 1939. It was rebuilt on the same location. Renovations were done in the 1970s to replace one annex, add another annex, renovate the office and add a new loading leg.

Pierson Grain Elevator History

Pierson Grain Elevators ca 1897
Pierson Grain Elevators ca 1897

By 1897 the town of Pierson had at least three grain elevators, as shown in the photo to the right.

The original Ogilvie elevator burnt in 1894 and was rebuilt. In 1900 there were four elevators: Gould and Elliott, Northern, Dominion and Ogilvie.

Many thanks to the Harvests of Time local history for the grain elevator history.

Pierson Grain Elevators ca 1921-1925
Pierson Grain Elevators ca 1921-1925

 

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Elgin Grain Elevator

Elgin grain elevator
Elgin grain elevator

The Elgin grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator. It has a capacity of 5,150 tonnes and is privately owned by Dodds Farm, Ltd. This was the “B” elevator in Elgin.

The grain elevator in Elgin, Manitoba
The grain elevator in Elgin, Manitoba
CN Elgin sign
CN Elgin sign

Elgin was on the CN Hartney subdivision. By 1979 this was the end of the operated track, and in 1999 the track was sold to the Southern Manitoba Railway. That shortline operated it for several years until its abandonment and removal in 2006 or 2007.

There is a nice museum in Elgin.

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Minto Grain Elevators

Until recently there were two Minto grain elevators. The town featured a Paterson grain elevator and an ex Manitoba Pool grain elevator. However, high winds in July 2014 severely damaged one of the elevators.

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The other elevator remained in operation for a while but on February 15, 2015 the ex Manitoba Pool elevator was demolished, followed quickly by the other elevator and the annexes (Matt Tolton photo).

Damaged Paterson elevator in Minto
Damaged Paterson elevator in Minto

The damaged elevator had a capacity of 4,840 tonnes.

Minto was served by the CN Hartney subdivision until its abandonment around 2007. The town of Minto was originally also served by the Great Northern Railway from 1906 to 1937.

Grain elevators in Minto, Manitoba
Grain elevators in Minto, Manitoba

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Oakner Grain Elevator

The Oakner grain elevator
The Oakner grain elevator

The Oakner grain elevator is owned by Cargill and includes an older wooden grain elevator with a newer concrete grain elevator and some steel bins.

This complex has a capacity of 14,500 tonnes and CN lists it as having between 50 and 100 car spots for loading grain.

There was a Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Oakner, with a capacity of 5,710 tonnes of grain. It became owned by Agricore, then Viterra. By 2009 it was gone.

The Oakner grain elevator
The Oakner grain elevator

Oakner is served by CN via the Rivers subdivision.

There are a few houses nearby but the majority of the town of Oakner has disappeared.

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McConnell Grain Elevators

McConnell Grain Elevators
McConnell Grain Elevators

The two McConnell grain elevators are two of the few buildings remaining in the ghost town of McConnell, Manitoba.

McConnell was on the CN Rapid City subdivision. This line was abandoned in 1978 and the last train passed through McConnell on December 16, 1978 with GMD1 CN 1027 as the lead locomotive.

These elevators are former Manitoba Pool grain elevators. There is an “A” and “B” elevator.

Pool “A” Elevator

McConnell "A" Elevator
McConnell “A” Elevator

The “A” elevator was built on or before 1928 and served the community for fifty years until it was closed on December 1, 1978.

This elevator was renovated in 1968 at a cost of $45,000. The elevator received a new driveway  and office, and the elevator received a 40-ton platform scale and a high capacity grain cleaner.

This elevator appears to be in fair condition.

 

Pool “B” Elevator

McConnell "B" Grain Elevator
McConnell “B” Grain Elevator

The Manitoba Pool “B” grain elevator in McConnell appears to be in rough shape. The elevator no longer has a driveway and portions of the machinery appear to be exposed to the elements. The elevator is in a farmer’s pasture now.

It’s possible that the “B” elevator is a former Bawlf elevator.

The first two grain elevators in McConnell were privately built and sold to elevator companies. The first was built by J.H. McConnell and sold to the Canadian Elevator Company. The second was built by A.E. Arnold and sold to the Bawlf Company.

View of the two McConnell grain elevators
View of the two McConnell grain elevators

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Carberry Grain Elevator

The Carberry grain elevator
The Carberry grain elevator

The Carberry grain elevator is a grain-handling facility operated by ADM, formerly known as Archers Daniel Midland. This facility consists of two large bins, elevating machinery, and a large loading/unloading building. It has a capacity of 15,000 tonnes of grain.

The elevator is served by Canadian Pacific from its CP Carberry subdivision.

ADM has its own locomotive, ADM 7560 (an EMD GP10), on site for switching grain cars.

Carberry grain elevators, circa 1900
Carberry grain elevators, circa 1900

Until recently there was a unique farm grain elevator near Carberry but it was demolished in 2014.

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Beulah Grain Elevator

The Beulah grain elevator
The Beulah grain elevator

The Beulah grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator, built in 1922 and operated by the Pool until the mid 1970s when the CN Rapid City rail subdivision was abandoned.

This elevator was owned by a local farmer’s cooperative but it does not appear to have been used in the past few years.

The Beulah grain elevator
The Beulah grain elevator

The first official train on the Canadian Northern line from Hallboro to Beulah was on July 1, 1911. Beulah received passenger service by a mixed train until 1959, when the coach attached to the wayfeight was discontinued. From that time Beulah received rail service once a week.

The grain elevator stands alone near Beulah, MB
The grain elevator stands alone near Beulah, MB

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Birtle Grain Elevator

The Birtle grain elevator
The Birtle grain elevator

The Birtle grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator and annex, now privately owned. This facility is located on the CP Bredenbury subdivision and has rail service. The elevator and annex have a capacity of 3,140 tonnes of grain.

Rear view of the grain elevator in Birtle
Rear view of the grain elevator in Birtle

This facility is owned by Pawluk Ag Ventures Ltd. and performs grain storage and cleaning.

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The town of Birtle is part of the Prairie View municipality, which contains several museums, a campground, a pair of golf courses, and other attractions.

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