Aerial black and white photograph showing a small town in Saskatchewan with a rail line with four grain elevators and a station.
McTaggart, SK aerial photograph, 1950s, by H.D. McPhail. Credit: University of Saskatchewan, University Archives and Special Collections, MG402, Town Series 2, Box 3, 110.

In the 1950s, the small town of McTaggart, Saskatchewan boasted four grain elevators:

  • Saskatchewan Wheat Pool #590, with a balloon annex behind it
  • Lake of the Woods (with Five Roses Flour on the side), with a balloon annex behind it
  • McCabe
  • Pioneer Grain

This aerial photo is from the H.D. McPhail collection at the University of Saskatchewan, used with permission.

At the time, there was still a train station with a wide platform, and a passing siding. It is interesting that the annexes were behind the elevators rather than beside them, as is more usual.

McTaggart was served by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today it lies on the CP Weyburn subdivision but the trains don’t stop here any more, and there are no grain elevators remaining.

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