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Manitoba Grain Elevators
Grain elevators, which have been variously referred to as prairie icons, prairie cathedrals or prairie sentinels, are a visual symbol of western Canada. As the first step in a grain trading process that moves the grain from producer to worldwide markets, the grain elevator, which are buildings or complexes of buildings, was designed to receive, store and ship grain in bulk. They can be seen from kilometers away dotting the countryside in Manitoba and Western Canada. In many rural towns they are the center of activity and business.

Grain elevator bins, tanks and silos are usually constructed of wood, steel or reinforced concrete. Bucket elevators are used to lift grain to a distributor or consignor where it flows by gravity through spouts or conveyors and into one of a number of bins, silos or tanks in a facility. When desired, the elevator's silos, bins and tanks are then emptied by gravity flow, sweep augers and conveyors. As grain is emptied from the elevator's bins, tanks and silos it is conveyed, blended and weighted into trucks, railroad cars, or barges and shipped to end users of grains (mills, ethanol plants, etc.) Prior to the advent of the grain elevator, grain was handled in bags rather than in bulk. They are like silent giants sentinels overlooking the rural countryside. Sadly with the advent of super silos the smaller wooden grain elevators are being closed down and demolished. In Manitoba this is happeneing at a rate of an elevator every two months or so.


Manitoba's First Grain Elevator
In 1879, the first grain elevator in western Canada, a unique round structure, was built in Niverville by William Hespeler. It was from this elevator that the first western Canadian barley was shipped to overseas markets.

Inglis Elevator Row
This impressive grouping of five "standard plan" wooden grain elevators is a rare survivor of the long rows that once dominated Prairie towns. The row was built between 1922 and 1925, (with the exception of the larger of the double elevators, built in 1940.) Manitoba's golden age of elevators, by a cross section of grain handling firms, including cooperatives and large companies backed by Canadian and American investors.

This row of five vintage elevators is the last remaining example of a landmark that was visible in almost every small prairie community. Over the years, the Inglis elevators received very little upgrading because they are situated at the end of their lines, which was under constant threat of closure. Located in a town typical of many that dot the West, these slope-shouldered sentinels are surrounded by their outbuildings, rail line and fields of grain. They stand as powerful symbols of the Prairie landscape and lifestyle.

These prairie sentinels are silent guardians of Western Canadian agricultural history. Efforts continue to save these landmarks and restore them as a heritage interpretive centre. The Inglis elevators are considered a National Historic Site of Canada and a Manitoba Heritage Site.





Agassiz

Alexander

Angusville
(closed)

Arborg I

Arborg II
(demolished in 2009)

Arborg III

Arden

Austin

Baldur

Barnsley
(closed)

Beausejour I
(demolished in September 2012)


Beausejour II

Beulah

Binscarth I

Binscarth II

Birch River
(closed)

Birdtail
(demolished in October 2008)

Birtle

Bloom
(private farm use)

Blumenfeld
(private farm use)

Boissevain I

Boissevain II

Boissevain III

Boissevain IV

Bowsman
(demolished in February 2010)

Bradwardine

Brandon I

Brandon II

Brandon III
(demolished in September 2012)

Brandon North

Brookdale I

Brookdale II
(closed)

Brunkild I

Brunkild II
(demolished in October 2010)

Brunkild III

Brunkild IV
(private farm use)

Burnside
(demolished in September 2008)

Cameron

Carberry I
(closed)

Carberry II

Carey

Cartwright

Clanwilliam

Clearwater

Coulter

Cromer

Crystal City I

Crystal City II

Culross

Cypress River I

Cypress River II

Dalny

Dauphin I

Dauphin II

Deloraine I
(demolished in May 2010)

Deloraine II

Domain

Dufresne

Dugald

Dundonald

Dutton

Edwin
(closed)

Elgin

Elie

Elie West I

Elie West II

Elie South

Elkhorn

Elm Creek I

Elm Creek II

Elva I

Elva II

Elva III

Ethelbert

Fannystelle I

Fannystelle II
(private farm use)

Fork River

Forrest
(closed)

Fredensthal

Gilbert Plains

Gladstone

Glass
(private farm use)

Glenboro
(demolished in November 2009)

Glenella

Glossop I

Glossop II

Goodlands

Gordon

Grandview
(demolished in November 2009)

Graysville

Gregg

Gretna

Griswold

Griswold

Hargrave

Harmsworth
(closed)

Harte

Hartney

Hathaway

Helston
(closed)

Holland

Holmfield

Homewood

Hope Farm
(demolished July 2011)

Isabella

Jordan

Justice

Kaleida

Kane

Katrime

Kemnay

Killarney I

Killarney II

Killarney III

Killarney IV

Killarney V

Killarney VI

Lasalle

Lena

Lenore

Libeau

Lockport
(closed)

Lowe Farm

Lyleton

Makinak

Manitou

Mariapolis

Marquette

McCreary

McDonnell I

McDonnell II

Meadows

Medora

Melita I

Melita II

Mentmore
(closed)

Minnedosa I

Minnedosa II

Minto I

Minto II

Morden

Morris I

Morris II

Morris III

Mowbray
(closed)

Napinka I

Napinka II

Nesbitt I

Nesbitt II

Netley

Newdale I

Newdale II

Ninga
Niverville

Norman

Notre Dame de Lourdes

Oakburn

Oakner I
(demolished in June 2010)

Oakner II

Oakville I

Oakville II
(private farm use)

Oberon
(closed)

Pierson I

Pierson II

Plum Coulee I

Plum Coulee II
(demolished in September 2009)

Portage La Prairie

Purves I

Purves II

Quadra

Rathwell

Red River South

Regent

Reston

Ridgeville
(Burned down in April 2010)

Rignold

Rivers

Roblin

Rosenort East

Rossburn

Rosser

Russell

Sandy Lake

Sanford

Shoal Lake I

Shoal Lake II

Shoal Lake III

Silverton

Sinclair

Snowflake I
(closed)

Snowflake II

Solsgirth

Somerset

Souris I

Souris II

Souris III

South Lakes

Sperling

St. Agathe
(demolished in June 2010)

St. Jean Baptiste

Starbuck
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Steele Bridge Farms
(private farm use)

Swan Lake
(demolished in December 2008)

Swan River I

Swan River II

Swan Valley

Teulon

The Pas

Tilston I

Tilston II

Tucker

Tyndall

Virden I

Virden II

Virden West

Virden

Warren

Waskada

Westroc

Winkler

Winnipeg - Central Grain

Winnipeg - Dugald Road I

Winnipeg - Dugald Road II

Winnipeg - McPhillips

Winnipeg - North Transcona

Winnipeg - West Perimeter

Winnipegosis

Woodland Colony

71N & 27W
Highway #16 and 68N








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