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Grain Transshipment at the Lakehead

Grain Transshipment at the Lakehead

Photos by contributor Parks Canada - Posted December 2018

Grain Transshipment at the Lakehead

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay
Near the intersection of Kingston Street and Brown Street


Coordinates: N 48 21.713 W 89 16.897

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Plaque Text

In the 20th century, the Lakehead (Fort William and Port Arthur)was one of North America's major centres for the storage, processing, and shipping of Prairie grain destined for foreign markets. In 1883-1884, the Canadian Pacific Railway constructed the first terminal elevator at Port Arthur. There were some 30 terminals in the area by 1929. Together, they could store up to 88.5 million bushels of grain. The former Fort William elevator 10, built in 1913, evokes this period of incredible agricultural growth in western Canada, as well as the Lakehead's central role in facilitating Canada's leadership in the international grain trade.

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