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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oak Point Quarry (RM of Coldwell)

This site in the Rural Municipality of Coldwell contains the excavation pit, concrete storage structure, and remnants of a kiln for the manufacture of lime, an ingredient in such products as mortar, plaster, and cement. Established in 1912 by the David Bowman Coal and Supply Company of Winnipeg, the quarry provided local employment for about a decade before contraction of the building industry led to its closure.

The Oak Point Quarry specialized in making slaked lime through a burning process that entailed use of 23-metre-high, wood-fired kilns loaded by crane from the top with crushed limestone. The complex was served by a spur of the Canadian Northern Railway, now long-gone. The former facility is a municipally designated historic site (2009).

Storage structure at Oak Point Quarry

Storage structure at Oak Point Quarry (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Storage structure at Oak Point Quarry

Storage structure at Oak Point Quarry (October 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Kiln remnants at Oak Point Quarry

Kiln remnants at Oak Point Quarry (October 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Excavation pit at Oak Point Quarry

Excavation pit at Oak Point Quarry (October 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.53631, W98.01314
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Oak Point Quarry – Notre Dame Heritage Park, SW 18-18-4 W Oak Point area, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 January 2022

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