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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Glenboro Railway Water Tower (Railway Avenue, Glenboro, Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress)

An eight-sided wooden railway tower stood at this site in Glenboro for over 100 years. Constructed in 1904, the tower was used to supply steam locomotives of the Canadian Pacific Railway, replacing another structure built in 1882. It was made obsolete when the railway switched to diesel-powered engines. At one time, the tower provided a water supply for the local community.

Designated in 1994 as a municipal heritage site, the tower was destroyed by an arson fire in April 2008. A public park was established on the site. According to a plaque on one of the park benches, Harold and Elizabeth Curll were the station agents and site caretakers from 1953 to 1962.

A similar tower at MacGregor, built in 1900, was moved to the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in 1987. There is another in Clearwater.

Glenboro Railway Water Tower

Glenboro Railway Water Tower (July 2007)
Source: Neil Christoffersen

Glenboro Railway Water Tower

Glenboro Railway Water Tower (July 2007)
Source: Bernie Freeman

Foundation of the Glenboro Railway Water Tower

Foundation of the Glenboro Railway Water Tower (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Glenboro Railway Water Tower commemorative monument

Glenboro Railway Water Tower commemorative monument (September 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Glenboro Water Tower Park

Glenboro Water Tower Park (August 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.55474, W99.28863
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Agricultural Museum (Austin, Municipality of North Norfolk)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Clearwater Railway Water Tower (Clearwater, Municipality of Louise)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Glenboro Canadian Pacific Railway Water Tower, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

“Historic water tower destroyed in fire,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 2008, page A8.

We thank Neil Christoffersen and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 October 2021

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