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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Security Grain Elevator / Northern Grain Elevator / National Grain Elevator / Cargill Grain Elevator (Pope, Municipality of Hamiota)

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A wooden grain elevator at Pope, on the CNR Rivers Subdivision in what is now the Municipality of Hamiota, was built around 1905 for the Security Elevator Company. Later owners included the Northern Elevator Company (1929-1940), National Grain (1940-1974), and Cargill Grain (1975-1979). A balloon annex built in 1957 increased its capacity from 25,000 to 53,000 bushels. It closed in October 1979, when Cargill opened a high throughput facility at nearby Oakner, and was later demolished.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer




Allan George Drysdale (1941-2016)


Robert “Gordon” White (1910-2005)




Dennis Rudd

Photos & Coordinates

Construction of the Security grain elevator at Pope

Construction of the Security grain elevator at Pope (circa 1905) by Percy Skuse
Source: Chloe Bornstein

Security grain elevator at Pope

Security grain elevator at Pope (circa 1905) by Percy Skuse
Source: Chloe Bornstein

National grain elevator at Pope

National grain elevator at Pope (1970s) by Hilt Friesen
Source: Hilt Friesen Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University

Site Location (lat/long): N50.11325, W100.72879
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pope Town Site (Pope, Municipality of Hamiota)


“Current comments,” Hamiota Echo, 8 May 1968, page 2.

“Season’s greetings,” Hamiota Echo, 20 December 1973, page 7.

“Cargill opens high throughput facility,” Hamiota Echo, 18 October 1979, page 1.

We thank Alan Drysdale, Chloe Bornstein, Morgan Turney, and Coreen Scott for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 January 2021

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