“Five Roses” was the brand of flour that Lake of the Woods marketed. Later, this became another Manitoba Pool elevator. Notice the “POO” up top? It’s missing the ‘L’…
I revisited the mill years after my documentary. Now it is even more destroyed and surrounded by new fences.
An abandoned gatehouse bearing the name of the former factory.
One of the covered rail loading docks. All of them were overgrown and rust-clad.
One of the older buildings on the site, this is an old power house that provided electricity to the plant. I spent some time walking around it and believe it was fired with coal gas but had a diesel backup installed later.
Shadows of the trees from the materials yard.
A passing cloud almost looks like a puff of smoke from the trimmed smokestack of Consolidated D. In the lower corner you can see a little Stonehenge that someone with a sense of humor and heavy equipment built.
Two steel hoppers supported by counterweights and springs, which were used to weigh incoming grain loads before being deposited in the silos beneath this floor. Garner is another way to say “big measuring tank”, if you were wondering. I fell in love with all the tubes and chutes on this floor.
This is the crane that would be used to lower extra-heavy bits of copper ore into the fire of the furnace.