Historic Sites of Manitoba: United Grain Growers Grain Elevator / Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Elva, Municipality of Two Borders)

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Agents / Buyers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

This abandoned grain elevator, at Elva on the CPR Estevan Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of Two Borders, was built by the Manitoba Elevator Commission in 1916 using materials salvaged from two elevators that had previously stood here. One had belonged to the Dominion Elevator Company and the other was owned by the Western Elevator Company. Both were purchased by the Commission in 1910. Two years later, the new elevator was leased to the Grain Growers Grain Company and bought outright in 1926. It was sold in 1958 to the newly merged Ogilvie Milling Company and Lake of the Woods Milling Company, which sold it the following year to Manitoba Pool Elevators. It closed in July 1967 and was sold to private interests.

The elevator was dismantled in 2022 and its parts were recycled.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer




Wilbert Simpson Thompson (1906-1981)




Mr. Gibson




J. M. McGee


A. Potter


R. Murray Hagyard

Photos & Coordinates

Former United Grain Growers grain elevator at Elva

Former United Grain Growers grain elevator at Elva (September 2012)
Source: Jean McManus

Aerial view of the former United Grain Growers grain elevator at Elva

Aerial view of the former United Grain Growers grain elevator at Elva (September 2020)
Source: George Penner

Grain elevators at Elva

Grain elevators at Elva (September 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.21628, W101.11497
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lake of the Woods Grain Elevator (Elva, RM of Two Borders)


Obituary [Wilbert Simpson Thompson], Brandon Sun, 13 November 1981, page 18.

History of United Grain Growers Local #162, Melita, Box 59, MSS 76, UGG Fonds, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

A History of Grain Elevators in Manitoba by John Everitt, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, circa 1993.

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

We thank Jean McManus, George Penner, and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 January 2023

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