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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.22: Single Grain Elevator at Mentieth

Grain elevators involved in the storage and transport of grain are integrally associated with railway lines. At the peak of their development there were over 700 elevators across southern Manitoba, spread out along railway lines with one every 10 to 12 miles. Most have now been abandoned in favour of a few large concrete elevators with much larger gaps between them. The old wooden elevators had a distinctive tower-like shape—“the prairie sentinel.” On air photos these are most easily identified using the photo criteria of location/association—they are almost always beside railway lines—and shadow shape—tower-like with a pointed top.

Shown here is a single elevator 1 exhibiting the distinctive shadow shape on the CP line 2 at Mentieth northeast of Hartney. A siding 3 leads from the line to the elevator . Six railcars 4 can be seen, and there may be more hidden by the elevator’s shadow. Near the elevator, the line is protected from snowdrifts by parallel embankments 5.

Note also:

1)  Several dugouts 6 in this dry area.

2)  The peculiar pattern 7 resulting from a farmer cultivating fields to remove weeds.

3)  Shelterbelts can be seen north and west of farm buildings 8.


Figure 18.22: Single Grain Elevator at Mentieth

Figure 18.22: Single Grain Elevator at Mentieth

Figure 18.22

Vertical air photograph: A20811-83

Flight height: 10,300 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 6 inches

Scale: 1:17,600 (approx.)

Date: September 28, 1968

Location: Township 7; Range 23WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62F Virden

                    1:50,000 62F/16 Souris