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Fall 2018
Field Trip


Manitoba
History

No. 87


This Old
Elevator


Abandoned
Manitoba


Memorable
Manitobans


Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pacific Junction / Searle Grain Elevator / Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg)

A small station building was situated here, on the CNR Harte Subdivision, along Wilkes Avenue in Winnipeg. It was demolished in the late 1950s or early 1960s and the lumber was used to construct a private residence on a nearby street. An interpretive panel northeast of the site, on the Harte Trail (a portion of the Trans-Canada Trail) describes the history of the railway and the Pacific Junction station. It was erected by the Friends of the Harte Trail.

A wooden grain elevator near the station was constructed around 1946 by the Searle Grain Company. Merged with Federal Grain in 1966, the 285,000-bushel elevator, with its two annexes, was sold in 1972 to Manitoba Pool Elevators. It was demolished around 1990.

Agents / Buyers

Period

Agent / Buyer

1946-1954

?

1954-1967

Anthony “Tony” Hutmacher (1911-2006)

Among the other agents who worked at the elevator through the years were Roger G. Mudge (1919-2003) and Leonard Friesen.

Photos & Maps

Pacific Junction Station

Pacific Junction Station (no date)
Source: Len Van Roon

Pacific Junction Station

View looking east of the Pacific Junction elevator at right and station at left (no date)
Source: Len Van Roon

Pacific Junction elevator

View looking east of the Pacific Junction elevator (no date)
Source: Len Van Roon

Searle grain elevator at Pacific Junction

Searle grain elevator at Pacific Junction (no date)
Source: Glen Schattner

Searle grain elevator at Pacific Junction

Searle grain elevator at Pacific Junction after its 1972 sale to Manitoba Pool (no date)
Source: Glen Schattner

Searle grain elevator at Pacific Junction

Sole remaining annex during demolition of the elevator (no date)
Source: Glen Schattner

Site Location (lat/long): N49.84403, W97.25731
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Harte Trail (Winnipeg)

Sources:

Obituary [Roger G. Mudge], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 July 2003.

Obituary [Anthony Hutmacher], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 2006.

We thank Len Van Roon Sr, Len Van Roon Jr, Gwen Jamieson, Glen Schattner, Rudy Ammeter, and Myron Hutmacher for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 October 2017

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