Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 138 years



Field Trip:


No. 83

This Old


in Manitoba

Local History


Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Electrical Museum and Education Centre (680 Harrow Street, Winnipeg)

The 15-foot, 10-inch diameter, 28,000-horsepower, fixed blade hydraulic turbine runner generated 7.5 billion kilowatt hours of electrical energy at Great Falls Generating Station from 26 August 1928 to 19 May 1987. It was erected on the grounds of the museum as a tribute to the pioneers of the hydroelectric industry in Manitoba.

The windcharger was made in Sioux City, Iowa in 1940. It used the wind to generate DC electric power and charge a battery bank. Erected in 1942 on the farm of J. A. Dimmick near Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, it was removed from service in 1950 and donated to the museum in November 2001.

In 2002, the museum was given a Conservation Award by Heritage Winnipeg.

Electrical Museum

Manitoba Hydro Great Falls Unit No. 5 Turbine (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Electrical Museum

Windcharger (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Location (lat/long): N49.85577, W97.15420
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Electrical Museum and Education Centre


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 February 2013

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other

Please note that inclusion in this collection does not mean that a particular site has special status or protection. Some sites are on private property and permission must be secured from the owner prior to visiting.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.

Search Tips | Suggest a Site | FAQ | Acknowledgements

Send inquiries to the MHS Webmaster.

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2017 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.