Grain Elevators

**Note: Visitor’s will have to explore the Midland Town docks to find the 4 plaques at this location.

Midland’s potential as a gateway for grain entering eastern Canada was seen as early as 1898. The Town House elevator was the first to be built by the Grand trunk Railway, in 1896, and was followed by The Aberdeen, Tiffin and Simcoe elevators. Grain coming from the Canadian west was taken by train to Thunder Bay. From there it was shipped to Midland by boat and unloaded into one of 4 elevators where it then entered eastern Canada by train or boat. 99.9% of the grain went by rail. The industry thrived until transport subsidies were lifted in 1991. Now only the Midland elevator, owned and operated by ADM Mills, survives.

1947 0270 0003 Ships at Midland 1st Elevator

Grain Ships unloading at Midland’s first elevator, Town House.

1998 0061 1321

The Simcoe Elevator stood on the shore across from the Midland Town Dock.

1998 0061 0536 Simcoe elevator torn down

The demolition of the Simcoe Elevator.

1990 0055 0016

The Aberdeen Elevator, up the shore from the Tiffin Elevator. Photo by J.W. Bald.

1988 0046 0002 - Midland Elevator burning 1904

The Town House Elevator burned to the ground in 1904. It was on the site of the current Midland Elevator.

1993 0078 0002 all 4 elevators

In this aerial view we can see all four Elevators in Midland. Tiffin Elevator in the foreground, Aberdeen further up the shore, the current Midland Elevator in the top left, and the Simcoe Elevator in the top-middle of the photo. Only the Midland Elevator remains.

1947 0144 0122 Midland Elevator

Construction of the current Midland Elevator (view from the back), still standing and in use in Midland Harbour. Owned by ADM Mills.

986 20 06-09 Grand Trunk Pacific Elevator Extension

The Grand Trunk Railway Elevator Extension, serviced by train.

986 20 05-03 Midland Elevator & Copeland Flour Mills JW Bald

Early photo of the current Midland Grain Elevator (now owned by ADM Mills), and the Copeland Flour Mills. Photo taken by local photographer J.W. Bald.

2003 0021 0015  Tiffin Elevator storage bins 1908

Construction of the Tiffin Elevator in 1908 emphasizing the concrete pouring and positioning of the grain silos.

1997 0007 0209 Tiffin Elevator Midland Oct 15, 1908

The Tiffin Grain Elevator in Midland, taken October 15, 1908.

10 thoughts on “Grain Elevators

  1. This is an amazing picture – one that I have never seen before – although before my time, I well remember playing around both the Aberdeen and Tiffin elevators (and tobogganing down that Tiffin slope). Any idea when this photo was taken and by whom as well as the name of the cargo vessel at Tiffin in the picture.

  2. Sorry, it’s the sixth picture in the sequence captioned “In this aerial view we can see all four Elevators in Midland. Tiffin Elevator in the foreground, Aberdeen further up the shore, the current Midland Elevator in the top left, and the Simcoe Elevator in the top-middle of the photo. Only the Midland Elevator remains.”

    Sorry for being vague!
    Viktor

  3. Liked the picture with the Tiffin elevator in the foreground. Used to play there also. Crossed the tracks many times from Olive St. to get to the waters edge. Went around many a boxcar to get there. If I am correct the CNR roundhouse was near the Tiffin elevator. Saw it from wireless hill. Would love to see pictures of it. In the days when Midland was a working harbour my uncle ” Frank Contois” fished in the waters just off Tiffin elevator. Thanks for the memories!

    • Dan
      the concrete structure was 90 ft and the superstructure was approx. 16ft high with a sloped roof the load out structure on the west side of the elevator was 180ft high (90ft concrete,90ft steel) this would be the tiffin elevator. I have some photos of the demolition that took place in the mid 90’s

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