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Historic Sites of Manitoba: McCabe Grain Elevator / National Grain Elevator / Cargill Grain Elevator (Pacific Avenue, Brandon)

The history of ownership of this grain elevator along Pacific Avenue in Brandon, measuring 30 feet by 34 feet and 90 feet tall, was illustrated on its four sides. It was built in 1937 by Peter Leitch Construction of Winnipeg for the McCabe Brothers Grain Company, as revealed by the name painted on its west side. In 1965, the company erected six steel grain tanks and a feed processing mill immediately east of the elevator.

In early 1968, McCabe sold its elevator network to United Grain Growers but this facility was excluded from the deal. Later that year, however, McCabe’s remaining assets were purchased by National Grain Limited of Winnipeg, named on its east side. The elevator (and the nearby mill) was bought in 1974 by Cargill Limited, whose corporate signage was displayed on its north and south sides.

At one time served by a spur line of the CPR Carberry Subdivision that ran along its north side, there was no longer any rail service to the building at the time of a 2016 site visit. The elevator was demolished on 11 May 2021.

A grain elevator at Brandon that has been, at various times, owned by three grain companies

A grain elevator at Brandon that has been, at various times, owned by three grain companies (October 2014)
Source: Jean McManus

Former Cargill grain elevator at Brandon

Former Cargill grain elevator at Brandon (December 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Former Cargill grain elevator at Brandon

Former Cargill grain elevator at Brandon (December 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Aerial view of former Cargill grain elevator at Brandon

Aerial view of former Cargill grain elevator at Brandon (September 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84935, W99.95479
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Peter Leitch Construction Company

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator “A” (Brandon)

Sources:

“Building permits total $300,000,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1937, page 32.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“McCabe Grain opens new plant here,” Brandon Sun, 3 December 1965, page 11.

“United Grain Growers buy McCabe elevators,” Brandon Sun, 29 February 1968, page 39.

“National bids to buy McCabe,” Brandon Sun, 5 September 1968, page 3.

“Criticizes purchase,” Brandon Sun, 29 March 1974, page 4.

“Cargill opens new elevator in Brandon,” Brandon Sun, 2 February 1978, page 1.

We thank Jean McManus, George Penner, and Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 May 2023

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