The Fleming Lake Of The Woods Elevator Fire

The Fleming Lake of The Woods hip roof style elevator was a 32,000 bushel hip roof style elevator built in 1895, and was later owned by

Saskatchewan Wheat Pool “B” (No. 1164),

and the United Grain Growers as a fertilizer storage elevator.

It was considered the oldest wooden grain elevator that was located on it’s original construction site remaining in Western Canada, and was designated a

Provincial Heritage Property on February 23, 2006

Thousands of dollars was raised to save this elevator from demolition, and thousands of volunteer hours was put in to help restore the elevator.

Tragically, this elevator burned to the ground on February 9, 2010, and the fire may have started between 3 - 4 AM local time.

The loss of this historic elevator is a tragedy for both Saskatchewan and Canadian agricultural history. I hope these photos help keep this elevator alive in our memories, for if something or someone is remembered, they never truly die.

Thanks to all of the people who took photos of this historical building.

Special thanks to Vern Stein for the restoration photos, and for sending me information on the exterior measurements of this building.

This helped me in making a custom card stock model of the elevator.

Jim A Pearson - February 9, 2010

Update: Here is a link to the Moosomin World-Spectator newspaper story on the fire: