News Release - August 2, 2005
ESTERHAZY HERITAGE PLAQUE UNVEILED
A plaque designating the flour mill in Esterhazy a Provincial Heritage Property was unveiled today.
Provincial designation serves to recognize and protect Saskatchewan's most important historic places.
The Esterhazy Flour Mill was built in 1907 and used until the early 1980s. The flour mill, with its attached elevator for storing grain, is the oldest and most complete mill of heavy post and beam construction in Saskatchewan.
Like other mills of the period, wheat delivered to it by local farmers would be processed in flour, bran, and other products. With milling stones, grinders and conveying equipment from the turn of the century still in working order, the Esterhazy Flour Mill represents a snapshot of Saskatchewan's industrial past.
The Esterhazy Flour Mill was among a trio of provincially designated properties named earlier this year, but the plaque unveiling and dedication was scheduled to coincide with the community's centennial homecoming celebrations.
"This is an example of communities and government working together to preserve and protect our heritage," Culture, Youth and Recreation Minister Joan Beatty said. "The Friends of the Flour Mill Society have done a tremendous job in preserving an important part of Saskatchewan's history and reminding us of the vital role flour mills played in the development of the province's grain industry."
To view all the provincial heritage sites, go to www.cyr.gov.sk.ca and follow the Heritage links. Individuals and organizations are also encouraged to nominate properties they believe have provincial heritage significance.
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