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Manitoba
History

No. 87


War
Memorials
in Manitoba


This Old
Elevator


Abandoned
Manitoba


Memorable
Manitobans


Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator / Private Grain Elevator (Gretna, Municipality of Rhineland)

Link to:
Agents / Buyers | Photos & Maps | Sources

One of only two surviving elevators in the Municipality of Rhineland, the former Manitoba Pool elevator at Gretna, on the CPR Gretna Subdivision, was built in 1950. Its 50,000-bushel capacity was enlarged in 1967 with a new crib annex with room for another 70,000 bushels. Still more space was acquired through the Pool purchase of Federal Grain elevators in 1972, and the conversion of its elevator into a second annex. The railway line between Altona and Gretna was threatened with closure in the early 1980s but, after public outcry, it was saved and upgraded in 1985. It would prove a temporary reprieve. CPR abandoned the line on 31 July 1996, prompting the elevator to close the same day. It was later sold and used for private grain storage.

Agents / Buyers

Period

Agent / Buyer

1951-1952

R. H. Streimer

1952-1957

Peter Wiebe

1957-1958

D. Sawatsky

1958-1982

Frank L. Friesen

1982-1996

James R. Borgford

Photos & Maps

Aerial view of the Gretna grain elevators

Aerial view of the Gretna grain elevators (1980s)
Source: S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator at Gretna

Railway cars at the Gretna elevator (no date)
Source: Doug Belcher

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator at Gretna

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator at Gretna (June 1992)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Grain Elevator Inventory, slide 2215.

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator at Gretna

The former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Gretna (July 2014)
Source: Jean McManus

Site Location (lat/long): N49.00499, W97.56027
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Henry Ritz Grain Elevator “A” (Seventh Street, Gretna, Municipality of Rhineland)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Henry Ritz Grain Elevator “B” (Seventh Street, Gretna, Municipality of Rhineland)

Sources:

“Pool ponders Gretna elevator,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1996, page 7.

Manitoba Pool Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University.

We thank Doug Belcher for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Jean McManus.

Page revised: 29 October 2018

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