In 1913, Alfred Stephen Arnold built a wooden grain elevator at McConnell, on the CNR Rapid City Subdivision in what is now the Municipality of Hamiota, and shortly thereafter sold it to the Bawlf Grain Company. In early 1941, Bawlf’s assets were sold to the Alberta Pacific Grain Company which continued to operate the elevator. It was later sold to the McConnell local of Manitoba Pool Elevators, designated “Pool B,” and operated by the agent of the “Pool A” elevator. The final grain delivery to the elevators occurred on 16 December 1978, the same day as the final train passed through the village, as the railway line was abandoned. The tracks were removed in May 1979 and the elevators were sold to a local farmer. A station building that was still standing as of 1983 was gone by the time of a 2014 site visit.
Arnold grain elevator at McConnell (no date)
Source: Gary Schafer
McConnell railway station (now at the Hamiota Pioneer Club Museum) with the Manitoba Pool A elevator at right and the B elevator at left (August 1983)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Grain Elevator Inventory, slide 2096.
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.26666, W100.52617
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator A / Private Grain Elevator (McConnell, Municipality of Hamiota)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hamiota Pioneer Club Museum (Hamiota, Municipality of Hamiota)
McConnell: Little Town Lost by McConnell Women’s Institute and History Committee, 1979.
We thank George Penner and Gary Schafer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 May 2022
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