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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator / Private Grain Elevator (Lena, Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

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Agents / Buyers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

A 40,000-bushel elevator at Lena, on the CNR Wakopa Subdivision in what is now the Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain, was built in 1928 by Manitoba Pool Elevators for the Lena Co-operative Elevator Association. A new crib annex built in 1956 increased its capacity to 120,000 bushels. The rail line between Deloraine and Neelin was abandoned in 1961, forcing the elevator to close. It was full of grain and remained on the company's inventory until 1965. When it was eventually emptied, the annex was moved to Killarney. Sold into private ownership, the elevator remains in use.

Agents / Buyers

Period

Agent / Buyer

1928-1960

Robert Francis “Frank” Earley (1894-1976)

1960-1961

Ross G. Ferguson

Photos & Coordinates

Paterson grain elevator at Lena with the Manitoba Pool grain elevator behind it

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena with Paterson in front of it (1960s)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Lena Photographs.

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena (August 1992)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Grain Elevator Inventory, slide 2146

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena (August 2014)
Source: Jean McManus

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena (August 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena (August 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena

Aerial view of the former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Lena (August 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.07237, W99.66547
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Paterson Grain Elevator (Lena, Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

Sources:

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 Charlie Baldock, Jean McManus, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 December 2020

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