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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gilbert Plains Beef Ring Building (Municipality of Gilbert Plains)

This small building, designated in 2006 as a municipal historic site in the Municipality of Gilbert Plains, hosted a “beef ring” slaughterhouse from 1923 to 1951. In the days before refrigeration, this operation brought freshly cut meat into 16 to 24 local homes on a weekly basis during the summer months. In the early 1950s, with the arrival of rural electrification and freezer plants, the service was no longer necessary. Once common throughout agricultural areas of Manitoba, the building is believed to the last of its kind still standing in the province. Restored between 2007 and 2008, the building is opened for visits on special occasions.

Gilbert Plains Beef Ring Building

Gilbert Plains Beef Ring Building (July 2013)
Source: Alan Mason

Gilbert Plains Beef Ring Building

Gilbert Plains Beef Ring Building (July 2013)
Source: Alan Mason

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.09570, W100.47085
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba


Gilbert Plains Beef Ring Building, NE 22-24-22W, Gilbert Plains area, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

“Canada Day celebrations planned for Centennial Park,” Grandview Exponent, 23 June 2009, page 9.

This page was prepared by Alan Mason and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 January 2021

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