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.
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:
- Historic Sites of Manitoba
- Flour Milling Industry in Manitoba
- Essay on the Harrisons
- Wikipedia article on Abram Harrison