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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Isabella, Municipality of Prairie View)

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Agents / Buyers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

Two wooden grain elevators stand at Isabella, on the former CNR Rapid City Subdivision in what is now the Municipality of Prairie View. The shorter of them was built by the Western Canada Flour Milling Company at Crandall and was dismantled and reassembled at Isabella in 1910. It was sold to Manitoba Pool Elevators in 1939. The taller elevator was built beside the smaller one by Manitoba Pool in 1955. A third elevator at Isabella was constructed in 1913 by the Grain Growers’ Grain Company (later United Grain Growers), probably replacing an earlier elevator, and operated by the company until 1962 when it was traded to Manitoba Pool. The elevator was demolished in 1978.

The two Pool elevators closed in December 1978 as the adjacent railway line was abandoned. They were sold to a group of three local farmers and used for private grain storage into the early 2010s. They are now abandoned and in poor structural condition.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer


Herbert C. Shurvell (1886-1965)


Harry Milford Levins (1895-1973)


Charles C. Nichol


Gerald William Winstone


Eugene Trush

Photos & Coordinates

Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Isabella

Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Isabella (February 1979) by Lawrence Stuckey
Source: Lawrence Stuckey Collection, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University, 1-2002.3.3.CNR[193]

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Isabella

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Isabella (July 1992)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Grain Elevator Inventory, slide 2150.

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Isabella

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Isabella (September 2014)
Source: Jean McManus

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Isabella

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Isabella (June 2019)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.26768, W100.87377
denoted by symbol on the map above


“Mr. and Mrs. Harry Levins,” Rural Reflections, Volume 2: 1879-1982 by Isabella History Committee, 1982, pages 278-279.

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.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Bernice Still, Jean McManus, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2019

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