The Holmfield grain elevator pair at Harrison Milling are part of a unique site in Manitoba. The flour mill (the two story building on the left of the photo above) was built in 1897 by brothers William Salt Harrison and George Harrison. The larger elevator was built by Harrison Milling in 1926 to replace the original built in 1892. The smaller elevator is the former Federal elevator, moved there in 1955 from its former location slightly east of its current location.
The one-story stone warehouse, just visible to the right of the mill in the above photograph, was built in 1899. The mill operated into the 1990s and is reputed to be the oldest flour mill in western Canada. I was fortunate to meet one of the two brothers who own the facility, and he told me the history of the elevators.
Please note that the facility is private property. Do not trespass. These photos were taken from a public road in the town.
The Baldur grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator.
Baldur used to be on the CN Carman subdivision, at mile 109.0. This track was part of the package transferred to the Southern Manitoba Railway (SMNR) in 1999. The SMNR ceased operation in 2007 and the rails were lifted in late 2007 or early 2008.
The elevator is apparently still in use for grain storage.
At one time Holland Flour Mill had a mill in Baldur.
Baldur has a busy downtown area, incorporating historic buildings into a modern town. The town is the largest in the area and serves many neighbouring communities such as Glenora, Neelin and Greenway.
The Edwin grain elevator stands in the center of what used to be the town. There are several homes around, as well as a Canada Post mailbox, and a nearby community centre and TransCanada Pipeline facility show the community is still alive.
The elevator itself appears to be derelict. The nearby bins and augers indicate that they are used instead of the elevator.
The doors to the interior are wide open and the general disarray also indicates that it is no longer in use.
The office, loading dock, ramp, and roof were apparently removed sometime after 2006. Previous photos show that it was in bad shape.