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FOCUS - SEPTEMBER 2015 37 1918 Scugog Street Port Perry across from Vos 905-985-2451 homesteadFNA Furniture Appliances Flooring TIME TO UPDATE YOUR FLOORING Mattresses Window Coverings Accessories OMESTEADHFURNITURE APPLIANCES HARDWOOD LAMINATE FLOORING WINDOW COVERINGS Fact is - the claims by both of the those western towns was wrong. After extensive research on the countrys grain elevators noth- ing can be found to dispute the fact that Port Perrys Grain Eleva- tor is the granddaddy of all remaining grain elevators in Canada. Built in 1874 by George Currie Port Perrys elevator is 20 years older than any similar structure remain- ing. This fact alone should strengthen the resolve of the local residents and government to get behind saving this cultural prize. As an example looking west to Inglis Manitoba a row of five grain eleva- tors have been designated a National Historical Site. Recognizing how quickly grain elevators were disap- pearing from the prairies a decision was made to have them protected. The Inglis elevators were built in 1922 making them 47 years the junior of Port Perrys elevator but they have been saved. Not unlike the western provinces Ontarios grain elevators are disappearing. With the recent demolition of the Stouffville grain elevator May 2015 there are less than half a dozen wood crib grain elevators to be found in the province. Quite simply Port Perry has Canadas Oldest Grain Elevator. How can anyone argue that this piece of history is not worth saving. By J. Peter Hvidsten Focus on Scugog Port Perry grain elevator July 2015. Port Perry grain elevator July 2015.