In 1919, a wood frame building for the Bank of Toronto was erected in Holmfield in the Rural Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain. Enclosed within its walls was a vault made from bricks, with a heavy iron door. The bank closed three years later and the building was used successively as a post office then a private residence. Demolition of the building in 1981 revealed the vault, which is now a municipally designated historic site (2005). On its door is a plaque commemorating Thomas S. Young, who took up a homestead in the vicinity of Holmfield in April 1882. A bell atop the vault came from Holmfield School No. 699, now demolished.
A portion of a concrete bridge over the Long River, demolished in 2022, was moved here.
Bank of Toronto Vault (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Bank of Toronto Vault (August 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina
Interior of the Bank of Toronto Vault (August 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.13673, W99.48561
denoted by symbol on the map above
Manitoba Business: Bank of Toronto / Toronto-Dominion Bank
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Concrete Beam Bridge No. 1197 (Long River, RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Old Deloraine Bank Vault (Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: The “Old Mound” and Bank Vault (Municipality of Louise)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Holmfield School No. 699 (Holmfield, RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites
Bank of Toronto Vault, E1/2 24-2-16O, Holmfield area, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.
We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 December 2023
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