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July 08, 2009 10:56 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the Historical Significance of Esterhazy Flour Mill

ESTERHAZY, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 8, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today celebrated the national historic significance of the Esterhazy Flour Mill, which he designated a national historic site of Canada, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

"The Esterhazy Flour Mill is one of the few local flour mills left on the prairies," said Minister Prentice. "I am proud that our government, which is committed to preserving Canada's built heritage, has recognized the historic significance of this wonderful site for the benefit of generations to come."

"Mills like the Esterhazy Flour Mill were designed to serve their neighbouring communities," said Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton-Melville. "They not only purchased grain from farmers, stimulating the nearby region, they also produced a necessary local commodity, flour, and generated off-peak business for the area's railroad, ensuring year-round service. Such mills, moreover, were a source of local employment."

"We have always seen the value and potential of this building and it is wonderful to have it recognized as a national historic site," said Mr. Ralph May, member of Friends of the Flour Mill. "This designation acknowledges the historic role that milling played in the development of the West, and recognizes the rich history of agriculture in this country. Having the Flour Mill recognized in this way is indeed an honour and a benefit to the community."

Saskatchewan entrepreneur James Saunders built the Esterhazy Flour Mill in 1904-1907. The mill still contains almost all of its original equipment and is a rare and complete illustration of a period of flour milling technology that was crucial to the grain industry. Milling contributed to the establishment, growth and development of many communities, including Esterhazy, and thereby helped support immigration and settlement.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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  • Parks Canada
    Saskatchewan South Field Unit
    Irene Legatt
    Communications Manager
    Parks Canada
    Michele Monette
    Media Relations Officer