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86 Tons of Coal - Nanton's Great Train Robbery!

In February 1907, cold temperatures of -40 degrees. A train came through the town and dozens of residents and local farmers had come to gather in hopes of getting coal to survive the cold snap.


THEY TOOK MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS and came to a decision to take 86 TONS OF COAL FROM THE TRAIN, each person PAID $6 PER TONNE. There were no arrests made to those who took the coal.

Here is your chance to win a piece of your coal this winter! Purchase a

50/50 ticket on-line by clicking above or from a local business and get a chance to win big!

Organized by the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre License number issued by the AGLC: #570383 Must be at least 18 years of age to purchase Series A - 130 Tickets @ 1 for $6.00 Series B - 1230 tickets @ 10 for $40 Series C - 1250 tickets @ 25 for $86 Draw to occur on February 6, 2021, at 11 am at 2119 19th Avenue or LIVE on Good Morning Nanton!

The winner will receive a minimum cash prize of $2,000 or 50% of ticket sales, whichever is greater to a maximum of $5,000.

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Tours of the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre are currently on hold due to COVID. We are taking the time to refresh the elevators and improve the visitor experience. Watch here and follow our social media for ongoing updates and announcements.

Since 1993

Preserving History

In the early 2000's the abandonment of the Canadian Pacific railway threatened the demolition of the historic grain elevators that stood next to the railway in the Town of Nanton. The citizens of Nanton rallied together for the protection and preservation of the towns historical landmarks. The town formed a historical society named "Save One" as the original goal of the society was to save the largest of the two standing grain elevators.

The undertaking was a big one and it took three years to achieve. But the incredible effort put in by the many volunteers and local businesses proved to be so successful that they were able to save all three of the remaining buildings. The gracious donations provided by members, local farmers and ranchers and local businesses have helped in replacing the railway tracks next to the elevators and helped to restore the buldings to their former glory. The most notable restoration was painting the former Alberta Wheat Pool elevator back to its original green and the Pioneer elevator back to its original orange and yellow.

Thanks to the society and local contributions the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre has been established and aims to educate visitors about the town's, and Alberta's, agricultural history.



Different view of the orange elevator