Mini Sentinels

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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These little mini elevators are located at Starbuck Manitoba, which is about a 25 minute drive from Winnipeg along Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 2. These replicas were built in remembrane of the old original elevators which have since been torn down, and replaced by the Modern Agricore inland grain handling terminals.

Settlement in the Starbuck area began in the 1870s, but Starbuck did not become a place on the map until the Manitoba and South Western Colonization Railway came through in 1881. Vanderstice, the contractor who graded the roadbed, named the station after Starbuck, a village in Minnesota. The Canadian Pacific took control of the railway in 1884 and completed construction. The line became known as the Souris branch of the CPR, at this time the original old elevators were built.

One of the largest influxes of immigrants stepped off the train in September 1929. The Ammeter clan of about 30 men, women and children marched from the station to what was then known as the old Meakin farm west of Starbuck on the La Salle River. At first the 10 families making up the clan all lived in the big house. Later some moved to another farmstead known as the Carlson farm.

There is a long held fable of Starbuck being named after two oxen, Star and Buck, who drowned in the La Salle River (formerly the Stinking River) where the community is now. However this story is very similar to how Starbuck, Minnesota got its name. In the end, it might have been the Minnesota community was named after William H. Starbuck, a railroad financier from New York.

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