Holmfield Grain Elevator

Holmfield Grain Elevator
The Harrison Milling grain elevators and mill, Holmfield

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.

Harrison Milling & Grain

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.

Harrison Milling, Holmfield

Holmfield was on the CP Napinka subdivision until it was cut back to near Killarney.

There is more history on Harrison Milling, and Abram William Harrison, MLA, here:


Baldur Grain Elevator

The Baldur grain elevator
The Baldur grain elevator

The Baldur grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator.

The Baldur grain elevator and annex

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 grain elevator in Baldur with storage bins and annex
The Baldur grain elevator with storage bins and annex

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.

Edwin Grain Elevator

Edwin grain elevator
Edwin Cooperative Elevator Association / Pool No. 109 / “Service at Cost”

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 Edwin grain elevator and bins

The elevator itself appears to be derelict. The nearby bins and augers indicate that they are used instead of the elevator.

Interior of the Edwin grain elevator

The doors to the interior are wide open and the general disarray also indicates that it is no longer in use.

The Edwin grain elevator, rail side

The office, loading dock, ramp, and roof were apparently removed sometime after 2006. Previous photos show that it was in bad shape.

The Edwin grain elevator, truck unloading side.

The Edwin school is now a community centre.

Other Manitoba Pool grain elevators

Snowflake Grain Elevator

Snowflake grain elevator
Snowflake, Manitoba

There are two grain elevators in the town of Snowflake, Manitoba. The first Snowflake grain elevator is a former Federal elevator.

Federal Grain Elevator

Snowflake Sunrise

This elevator became the Manitoba Pool “B” elevator in Snowflake.

Snowflake’s two elevators

The heritage of the former Federal elevator is obvious now. The elevator used to say “Federal Grain Limited – Agricultural Chemicals and Fertilizers – Snowflake”.

Federal Grain Limited – Agricultural Chemicals and Fertilizers – Snowflake

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator

A view into the unloading dock of the former Pool elevator in Snowflake
The former Manitoba Pool grain elevator

Other Snowflake Grain Elevators

Provided by Bernard Kelker

Snowflake Elevators and Depot circa 1910

There is a very fine article showing how artist Christopher Walker incorporated the Snowflake Federal grain elevator into a commissioned painting.

Snowflake’s rail access was via the CP Snowflake subdivision, but that was abandoned after 1977.

Other Manitoba Pool grain elevators