Silverton Grain Elevators

Silverton grain elevator and sign
Silverton grain elevator and sign

There are two Silverton grain elevators – the ex UGG grain elevator in town and an elevator located on a nearby farm.

UGG Elevator in Silverton

One of the two Silverton grain elevators
The ex UGG grain elevator in Silverton

The former UGG grain elevator in Silverton still bears strong United Grain Growers logos on both the elevator and attached annex.

This elevator was apparently built in 1917. It was moved to the site of the old British America elevator, remodeled, and had a large annex added in 1963.

The cupola of the grain elevator has a very interesting checkerboard pattern that is not evident on any other Manitoba grain elevator.

Ex UGG grain elevator in Silverton
Ex UGG grain elevator in Silverton

The elevator appears to be well maintained, with a recently-replaced roof.

Privately Owned Silverton Elevator

Private grain elevator in Silverton
Private grain elevator in Silverton

There is a small elevator located on a farm on the outskirts of Silverton. No details are available on this elevator.

Previous Silverton Grain Elevators

The first two grain elevators in Silverton were built in 1908, when the railway came to town. One was built by the Matheson Elevator Company and the other by the British America Elevator Company.

A Bawlf elevator followed in 1916. This was taken over by the Alberta Pacific in 1941, then by Federal Grain Company in 1943, which became part of Manitoba Pool.

 

Further reading:

Elva Grain Elevators

The two Elva grain elevators
The two Elva grain elevators

There are three grain elevators in the vicinity of Elva, Manitoba. One of the three Elva grain elevators may be the oldest grain elevator in Manitoba.

 

Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods Milling
Lake of the Woods Milling

The Lake of the Woods grain elevator in Elva is quite possibly the oldest grain elevator in Manitoba. It is believed to have been built between 1892 and 1899, and is (barely) still standing.

Lake of the Woods grain elevator in Elva, MB
Lake of the Woods grain elevator in Elva, MB

This elevator was at least partially rebuilt around 1950, and was purchased by the Manitoba Pool Elevators in 1959 and closed in the late 1960s.

United Grain Growers (UGG)

The UGG grain elevator in Elva, MB
The UGG grain elevator in Elva, MB

The nearby UGG (United Grain Growers) elevator is also still standing, although there is a large hole in the side of the elevator. This elevator was built circa 1916.

 

Cargill

Cargill grain elevator near Elva, MB
Cargill grain elevator near Elva, MB

The nearby high-throughput concrete grain elevator was opened in 2000 by Agricore. The grand opening ceremony was held on July 26, 2000. The elevator had a capacity of 14,500 tonnes and 60 car spots. The elevator was purchased by Cargill Limited on July 1, 2007.

The facility was expanded around 2014 to a total capacity of 24,500 tonnes.

This elevator is served by the CP Estevan subdivision.

 

Other Elva Grain Elevators

  • Dominion Elevator Company, purchased by Manitoba Elevator Commission in 1910, demolished 1916
  • Western Elevator Company, purchased by Manitoba Elevator Commission in 1910, demolished 1916

 

Other References

Medora Grain Elevator

The Medora grain elevator
The Medora grain elevator

The Medora grain elevator is a former UGG (United Grain Growers) elevator located in southwestern Manitoba. This elevator has a capacity of 10,000 tonnes of grain. It was expanded from 2,700 tonnes somewhere between 2002 and 2008.

Former UGG grain elevator in Medora
Former UGG grain elevator in Medora

Note the UGG logo on the wooden fertilizer elevator.

The original UGG elevator burned overnight between December 20 and 21, 1980. The elevator had a capacity of 130,000 bushels or about 3,500 tonnes of grain.

The elevator is privately owned by Vandaele Seeds Ltd. It is along the CP Napinka subdivision.

Until 2000-2001, there was a Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Medora with a capacity of 3,810 tonnes.

 

McCreary Grain Elevator

The McCreary Grain Elevator
The McCreary Grain Elevator

There are few grain elevators remaining that bear the blue UGG logo. The McCreary grain elevator is one of those few. This elevator towers above the town of McCreary, Manitoba and still proudly shows the logo and the blue roofs of the UGG.

UGG logo at McCreary
UGG logo at McCreary

This grain elevator has a capacity of 3,940 tonnes and was last listed in the Canadian Grain Commission’s list of active elevators in 2001. It is not clear whether this elevator is still used for private grain storage.

The elevator is beside an active rail line, the CN Gladstone subdivision, and the former CN station is preserved on the other side of the tracks as a museum.

McCreary grain elevator with train
McCreary grain elevator with train

Birch River Grain Elevator

Birch River UGG
Birch River UGG

The sole remaining Birch River grain elevator is a former UGG elevator. This elevator appears to be unused although it still bears the UGG logo.

The Birch River elevator is the most northern wooden grain elevator remaining in Manitoba.

Birch River Grain Elevator
Birch River Grain Elevator

The elevator stands alone by the former railway right-of-way. It used to be on the CN Erwood subdivision. The railway served Birch River until approximately 2000.

Elevator and Equipment
Elevator and Equipment

The elevator has a large annex attached. The Birch River grain elevator has a capacity of 5,600 tonnes of grain.

There is a small private elevator between Bowsman and Birch River, visible from the highway. No details are known about this elevator.

Elevator between Bowsman and Birch River
Elevator between Bowsman and Birch River

 

 

Mariapolis Grain Elevator

Mariapolis, Manitoba has a single grain elevator, located just outside of town. This elevator has a capacity of 3,780 tonnes and is owned by the Canada Malting Company Ltd, who acquired it in August 2006. It was built by the United Grain Growers (UGG) and opened in 1986. It was owned by Delmar Commodities for a period of time before Canada Malting took it over.

The elevator used to be served by CN (on the CN Carman subdivision) and later the Southern Manitoba Railway, but it has not been served by rail since 2007 and the tracks are gone.

Mariapolis Grain Elevator
The Mariapolis grain elevator

The town of Mariapolis has a lovely church and this great structure, formerly a general store.

Mariapolis general store
Mariapolis general store

Barnsley Grain Elevators

Barnsley grain elevators
Barnsley, Manitoba grain elevators

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.

Manitoba Pool

Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Barnsley
Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Barnsley

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”.

UGG grain elevator in Barnsley, Manitoba

It’s nice to see these elevators apparently still in use.

There is a photo of the Barnsley Pool B elevator in Greg McDonnell’s book Wheat Kings: Vanishing Landmarks of the Canadian Prairies.