The town of Tilston has two grain elevators. One is an ex Lake of the Woods elevator which became a Manitoba Pool elevator, and the other is an original Manitoba Pool elevator. Both have a lot of character!
Let's look at the Pool elevator first.
As you can see it still has its Pool logo, a rarity. This was the "A" elevator, indicating that there was more than one Pool elevator in the town at one time.
The elevator has no annex, but instead a low warehouse attached to it. To me this indicates it is pretty old, and the fact that it isn't clad in metal also indicates its age. Speaking of age...
This building has seen better days.
Like many older Pool elevators, this elevator proudly announces its affiliation.
"TILSTON / Co-Operative Elevator Association / POOL NO. 61 / Service At Cost"
What a lovely old elevator.
I should point out that whenever I was walking between the two elevators, I was being harassed by an angry bird. I assume I was walking near its nest. The bird was constantly yakking at me and swooping near my head, which was a little unnerving. I tried not to linger in the area!
Now let's talk about the Five Roses Flour / Lake of the Woods elevator.
As you can see it has FIVE ROSES FLOUR on its side, indicating that it was initially owned by Lake of the Woods. You can still buy Five Roses flour, although it's made by Smuckers now.
Notice the lettering above the FIVE.
My twelve-year-old self can't help but notice "P O O" but of course it was for the Manitoba Pool. The Lake of the Woods company built it in 1949 and sold it to the Pool in 1959 when it became the Pool B elevator.
Here's a track side view.. if there were still tracks here. The CP Alida subdivision used to serve this town but it was abandoned in 1978.
I had a look through the window into the office of this elevator. It looks pretty well preserved.
The door to the driveway had the ubiquitous "NO SMOKING" sign on it. It looks like I wasn't the only one to shoot this sign.
I spent almost an hour wandering around the elevators and around town. It's such a lovely place. Here are a few scenes from the main street.
On my way out of town, I noticed this old house.. a bit of a "fixer upper".
I hope you've enjoyed this Tilston tour. Here's a great article on the Tilston elevators.
In part 8 we will jump back into the timeline and continue on to Hartney, Hathaway and beyond, and see a couple of old pieces of rolling stock and solve the mystery of the missing grain elevator. Read on!