Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum Exhibition

Deadly Dust: Remembering the 1919 Dominion Elevator Explosion
Until November 20, 2019 (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

The Dominion Grain Elevator when it was built in 1907-1909 was one of the largest and best equipped elevator anywhere in North America, designed with safety in mind. It played a pivotal role in the movement of grain through the Great Lakes, situated at the southern terminus of the Welland Canal. In 1919, though, a fatal dust explosion ripped off the roof of the elevator, killing 10 men and injuring many more. Yet, within two years, the elevator was repaired and back in business. This exhibit examines the role of the elevator, and the deadly dust explosion of 1919.