St. Jean Baptiste Grain Elevator

St Jean Baptiste Grain Elevator
St Jean Baptiste Grain Elevator

The St. Jean Baptiste grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator. The town of St. Jean Baptiste is off highway 75, south of Winnipeg and between Morris and Emerson.

The grain elevator in St. Jean Baptiste
The grain elevator in St. Jean Baptiste

The annex has the traditional Manitoba Pool co-operative text on it, except that it is in French. “Association Co-Operative D’Elevateur St. Jean Baptiste / Succursale No. 213 / Service au Prix Outant” [Service at Cost]

Elevator Co-Operative text, in French
Elevator Co-Operative text, in French

The town of St. Jean Baptiste is part of the regional municipality of Montcalm. There is a lovely Catholic church in the town, made of Tyndall stone.

Catholic church in St. Jean Baptiste, MB
Catholic church in St. Jean Baptiste, MB

The St. Jean Baptiste grain elevator is served by CN via the CN Letellier subdivision. It does occasionally have cars spotted at the elevator.

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Alexander Grain Elevator

Alexander Grain Elevator
Alexander Grain Elevator

The Alexander grain elevator is currently owned by G3 Canada Limited. This elevator was a Manitoba Pool elevator, likely built in the early 1980s. It has a capacity of 5,800 tonnes in the central elevator, annex and attached bins.

Alexander Grain Elevator
Alexander Grain Elevator

This elevator was operated by Mission Terminal Inc., which became owned by the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) prior to its acquisition/renaming to G3.

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Elie Grain Elevator

Elie Grain Elevator
Elie Grain Elevator

The main Elie grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator, located just west of the town of Elie. There are two smaller grain elevators in the vicinity.

Manitoba Pool

“B”

This elevator was built in 1986, one of the last wooden grain elevators built in Manitoba. It has a capacity of 3,750 tonnes. It became owned by Agricore after the merger of Manitoba Pool and the Alberta Pool, and was closed in 2002. It was purchased by several local farmers.

CN 8000 passing the Elie grain elevator
CN 8000 passing the Elie grain elevator

The elevator is located beside the CN Rivers subdivision but has no rail access.

“A”

Elie Grain Elevator 1956
Elie Grain Elevator 1956 – “compliments Aldea Houde” – see below

The first Manitoba Pool elevator was built in 1928. It received an annex in 1957 to have a total capacity of 1,957 tonnes. It was renovated in 1969 and again in the mid 1970s. This became the “A” elevator when the current elevator was built and presumably it was demolished soon after.

Other Area Elevators

The Benard grain elevator
The Benard grain elevator

There is a small elevator in Benard, about five kilometres “railway” west of Elie.

Huron Colony Farms grain elevator
Huron Colony Farms grain elevator

There is another small elevator near Elie, at the Huron Colony Farms, a Hutterite colony. This is located north of the Trans-Canada Highway, about 7.8 km northwest of the ex Manitoba Pool grain elevator.

UGG

There was a United Grain Growers elevator in Elie. This was the first elevator in Elie, built sometime before 1912 by the Canadian Elevator Company. Canadian Consolidated Grain took over the elevator after 1929, and it became a UGG elevator after UGG bought CCG in 1959. It was renovated in 1967 with a new driveway, scale, hoist, leg and office. The date of its demolition is not known.

 

Railways of Elie

Canadian Northern train station in Elie, MB
Canadian Northern train station in Elie, MB

The first railway through Elie was the Northern Pacific and Manitoba, jointly built by the Manitoba government and the US Northern Pacific railway. It was leased to the Canadian Northern around the turn of the century.

The competitor to the Canadian Northern, the Grand Trunk Pacific, built a parallel line a half mile north and their station stop was known as North Elie.

Elie train station in 1918
Elie train station in 1918

After both the Grand Trunk Pacific and the Canadian Northern experienced financial difficulties, they were acquired by the federal government and became part of the Canadian National Railways (CNR). Over time the northern route, the ex Grand Trunk Pacific line, was abandoned in stages and the Trans-Canada Highway was built over much of it.

The Canadian Northern line is now the two-track CN main line through Manitoba, known as the CN Rivers subdivision between Winnipeg and Melville, SK.

Addendum

Elie was the site of Canada’s first recorded F5 strength tornado, on June 22 2007. Read more!

Acknowledgements and thanks to the authors of “Treasures of Time: The Rural Municipality of Cartier” for many of the dates and photos.

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Lyleton Grain Elevator

The Lyleton grain elevator
The Lyleton grain elevator

The Lyleton grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator with attached annex. The elevator has seen better days, with the cupola having a bit of a lean to it. The annex appears to be from a different elevator, or at least it has received a metal cladding whereas the original elevator has not.

Lyleton elevator annex
Lyleton elevator annex

At one time there was a Paterson grain elevator (built in 1926) next to this one, but it was demolished around 2008.

Lyleton was at the end of the CP Lyleton subdivision, and had rail service from 1903 until the rails were removed in the late 1970s.

Lyleton grain elevators, 1903
Lyleton grain elevators, 1903

The first grain elevators in Lyleton were:

  1. Farmer’s, 30,000 bushel capacity;
  2. Truesdale, 25,000 bushel capacity; and
  3. Ogilvie, 36,000 bushel capacity

 

Lyleton elevator office
Lyleton elevator office

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Justice Grain Elevator

The Justice Grain Elevator
The Justice Grain Elevator

The Justice grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator that is now privately owned. The elevator stands next to the CN main line through Manitoba (the CN Rivers subdivision) but has no rail service.

Justice road sign
Justice road sign

The elevator has a capacity of 3,250 tonnes and consists of a central elevator and a large annex. There is also a separate building that was used to store fertilizer, very common for country elevators.

The Justice grain elevator
The Justice grain elevator

The town of Justice itself is essentially a collection of houses now. There is an old schoolhouse in the town that has been abandoned.

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Elkhorn Grain Elevator

The Elkhorn grain elevator
The Elkhorn grain elevator

The Elkhorn grain elevator is located on the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline. This elevator consists of a central elevator with an integrated annex on one side, and has a capacity of 3,190 tonnes. Construction on this elevator began in June 1965.

Elkhorn is a small community near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. The trans-continental Canadian Pacific Railway tracks reached Elkhorn sometime between mid-April and late June 1882 on their march west toward British Columbia. Today this section of track is part of the CP Broadview subdivision.

This elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator and was the “B” elevator.

Elkhorn B grain elevator
Elkhorn B grain elevator

Elkhorn Grain Elevator 20150803 SLB-7

Elkhorn train station
Elkhorn train station

Elkhorn’s railway station was built in 1904 to a fairly typical CPR design.

It was sold on January 18, 1972 and later demolished. (Photo by G.A. Moore, from Canadian Rail #285)

Elkhorn’s Manitoba Pool “C” elevator was a former Lake of the Woods elevator, built in 1892, taken over by the Manitoba Pool. This elevator no longer exists.

Elkhorn Lake of the Woods grain elevator
Elkhorn Lake of the Woods grain elevator
Elkhorn Pool "C" elevator, 1967, from Provincial Archives of Manitoba
Elkhorn Pool “C” elevator, 1967, from Provincial Archives of Manitoba

The Pool “A” elevator may have been one of these:

  • the former Ogilvie elevator, built in 1914 to replace their flat warehouse built in 1886; or
  • the former Continental elevator, built in 1925 and taken over by the Manitoba Pool Elevator Association in 1928.

Elkhorn hosts the Manitoba Antique Automobile Museum as well as a resort/spa.

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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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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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