This Week in History
Prairie Sentinels Amidst Fields of Golden Grain
For the week of Monday November 21, 2005
On November 22, 1922, the sprawling tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) reached the village of Inglis, Manitoba, where the first of five grain elevators was being raised as the town was being built from the rails out.
The Northern Elevator, United Grain Growers, Matheson-Lindsay and Reliance companies built these elevators during the peak of grain elevator construction in Manitoba. These monumental structures were erected every 12-16 kilometres along the rail lines, the distance horse-drawn wagons could haul grain. They indicated the economic clout of the town to which they belonged.
The row of five standard wooden grain elevators in Inglis has become a symbol of the town and of an era. It is apt that this row, one of the last large rows of grain elevators, is preserved in a town that is dedicated to maintaining the lifestyle they represent.
The Inglis Grain Elevators, a rare survivor, was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995, and a plaque was erected in 2001.
For more information about the Inglis Grain Elevators, please visit Inglis National Historic Site website.
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