The Solsgirth grain elevator is an ex Manitoba Pool, ex Cargill elevator located in the ghost town of Solsgirth, Manitoba.
The original Manitoba Pool grain elevator (the “B” elevator) was built in 1928 and renovated in 1985 to a capacity of 5,280 tonnes, apparently by adding bins. It was still present in 2000 but is no longer there.
The current elevator is the former “A” elevator with a capacity of 3,350 tonnes.
At one time there was a UGG grain elevator in Solsgirth as well.
The Ethelbert grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator. It is the last remaining elevator in the town, located north of the Riding Mountain National Park.
This elevator has a capacity of 4,550 tonnes and has a large attached annex.
CN built a water reservoir near Ethelbert in the early 1920s to supply water for its steam engines, since there was no sizeable body of water nearby. The reservoir is still visible to the southeast of the town.
Note that the elevator in the town of Ethelbert is the “B” elevator, implying that there was an “A” elevator. There is a wooden annex on private property north of town, possibly from that “A” elevator.
The small town of Sinclair in western Manitoba has one grain elevator. The Sinclair grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator, now presumably privately owned.
This elevator consists of a central elevator with an attached annex, and a covered driveway on the non-rail side. The elevator has a siding on the CP Arcola subdivision but it does not appear to use rail service. CP has applied to abandon this section of rail.
The elevator was listed in the Canadian Grain Commission’s directory until 2001 with a capacity of 4,240 tonnes.
The elevator may be in use for private grain storage.
There was at least one other elevator in Sinclair in the past. This photo shows what may be a Lake of the Woods grain elevator in 1909.
Sinclair is near the edge of the Bakken oil fields, and there are oil wells nearby.
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
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.
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 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.
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.