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No. 86


This Old
Elevator


Abandoned
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Historic Sites of Manitoba: United Grain Growers Grain Elevator (Binscarth, Municipality of Russell-Binscarth)

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A wooden grain elevator and annex at Binscarth, on the CPR Bredenbury Subdivision in what is now the Municipality of Russell-Binscarth, was built in 1928 and operated by United Grain Growers. An annex was added in 1957. It was destroyed by fire on 8 November 1978, along with an estimated 30,000 bushels of wheat, oats, barley, and canola. A nearby fertilizer storage shed was saved by local firefighters and two boxcars next to the elevator were pushed out of danger by a tractor. At the height of the blaze, a freight train roared past the burning structure. There were no injuries but damages were assessed at over a half million dollars. The elevator was not rebuilt.

Agents / Buyers

Period

Agent / Buyer

1917-1919

C. Strachan

1919-1920

W. J. Longhurst

1920-1921

R. F. Graham

1921-1923

Sam A. Arbuckle

1923-1925

P. H. Griffiths

1925-1927

H. S. Crerar

1927-1936

Sam A. Arbuckle

1936-1937

F. E. Michaelis

1937-1967

George Matheson

1967-1975

L. Kruk

1975

E. A. Sims

1975-1976

Wayne Winters

1976-1978

Joseph R. Price

Photos & Maps

United Grain Growers Grain Elevator

The former United Grain Growers grain elevator at Binscarth (1966)
Source: Agricore United Engineering Department, Tom Price (Mgr), provided by Glenn Dickson (University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections)

United Grain Growers Grain Elevator

The former United Grain Growers grain elevator at Binscarth (1966)
Source: Agricore United Engineering Department, Tom Price (Mgr), provided by Glenn Dickson (University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections)

United Grain Growers Grain Elevator

United Grain Growers grain elevator on fire (8 November 1978)
Source: Henry Graham

Site Location (lat/long): N50.62352, W101.28680
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Binscarth, Municipality of Russell-Binscarth)

Sources:

“Blazes demolishes Man. grain elevator,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 1978, page 8.

Binscarth Memories by Binscarth History Committee, 1984. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5649.B55 Bin]

United Grain Growers Fonds, MSS76, Box 59 and 60 [Russell], University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Henry Graham, and Glenn Dickson.

Page revised: 6 July 2016

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