Featured in the group Prairie Sentinels of the Past on 3 March 2009.
Location: About 175 kms southwest of Winnipeg near the USA border in the hamlet of Plum Coulee Manitioba. This elevator was initially built in the 1920’s and was called The Lake of the Woods elevator in its glory days.
Prairie View Elevator:
This structure in my image built in 1975, was the last wooden grain elevator built by Manitoba Pool in Manitoba. The Majestic timber framed grain elevators that used to dot the Pembina Valley are quickly vanishing. The Plum Coulee Elevator is one of the last timber framed elevators in our region. In 2001, The Plum Coulee Community Foundation purchased the elevator for the Agricore United Grain Company. The building stands 110 feet tall with 60 foot high annex of grain bins polished to a beautiful luster by many years of grain handling. The wood frame construction as well as the story of grain handling in this huge prairie giant is well worth the tour.
The majority of Plum Coulee’s founding families were Germanic people from Austria and the German colonies in Russia. But Plum Coulee was quite multi-cultural even at this time with a significant group of English, Scots, Irish, and Jewish settlers.
Some history of the town…
In 1884, the Canadian Pacific Railway was built through southern Manitoba. Surveyors picked plums from the wild plum trees that grew in abundance on the banks of the creek that flowed through the area. The name Plum Coulee was decided upon as a result of the plums the surveyors enjoyed while staking the rail line.
People of many different nationalities settled the area. The town was officially incorporated on January 18, 1901.
More info for you… Vatorologists, the shadowy clan of eccentrics who hunt out long forgotten pioneer grain elevators, await the special day when they will come across an exciting discovery, one that will send shock waves through their tightly knit group