The tiny community of Barnsley, Manitoba sits between Carman and Elm Creek. At one time, Barnsley was served by the Canadian Pacific Railway via its Carman subdivision (Barnsley was mile 6.0). The rail was taken up but the Barnsley grain elevators remained.
There are two elevators present today.
The first is the Manitoba Pool grain elevator #88. This elevator was not sheathed with tin like many other Pool elevators were, as both elevators in Barnsley were surplus to the Pool by the early 1970s. They were sold to a private farmer, who resold them to another local farmer.
United Grain Growers
The second is the United Grain Growers (UGG) elevator, which appears to be in worse shape. It was built by the Manitoba government in 1916 and leased to the Grain Growers’ Grain Company / UGG until 1926 when UGG purchased it. The Manitoba Pool took it over in March 1960 and labeled it as “Pool B”.
It’s nice to see these elevators apparently still in use.
The town of Clearwater, Manitoba features a grain elevator and a well-preserved railway water tower. The Clearwater grain elevator is an ex Manitoba Pool elevator.
Back when railways ran steam engines, they built water towers at regular intervals along the line to top up the water in the locomotives. When diesels took over from steam engines in the 1950s, the water towers were no longer needed and most were torn down.
In some cases, the water towers were supplying water to the town as well as to the railway. This was the case in Clearwater, and in fact the tower still supplies water to the town. This particular tower was built in 1910 to the Canadian Pacific Railway “Standard No. 1 Plan” and can contain almost 182,000L (40,000 gallons) of water. The ball on top of the tower indicates how full the tank is.
I visited the Fredensthal West grain elevator, which is just northeast of the town of Emerson. It stands essentially alone, outside the town, and does not have a siding any more on the CP Emerson subdivision.
It was an Agricore elevator, which presumably went to Viterra but it is not listed on their list of Manitoba elevators. The elevator and annex have a combined capacity of 4,720 tonnes.
The first grain elevator in Fredensthal was built by the Lake of the Woods in 1902. Its first agent was Bill Langenase.
The very first Manitoba grain elevator that I photographed was the Oakville grain elevator, on the CN Rivers subdivision, the main line through Manitoba. I went there to photograph a train and I thought the elevator would provide a nice backdrop.
I think it did.
There were at least three elevators in Oakville at one point:
The Pool (A?) elevator shown above;
A Pool B elevator, moved in the 1970s to a farm east of the town; and
A United Grain Growers (UGG) elevator, present in the 1980s but not now.
The former Pool “B” elevator is located on a farm just east of town.
This elevator appears to have been an Ogilvie Mills elevator prior to joining the Manitoba Pool.
Welcome to the Manitoba Grain Elevators web site. This site is dedicated to those prairie sentinels, the grain elevator, once found in almost every prairie town. They are disappearing from the landscape and this site was created to pay homage to them and document the remaining elevators in Manitoba, Canada.
My project for 2014 is to photograph as many extant grain elevators in Manitoba as I can.