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Oak Point Quarry - Notre Dame Heritage Park

Coldwell, Manitoba, R0C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/01/13

Contextual view, from the northeast, of the Oak Point Quarry, Oak Point area, 2009; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2009
Contextual View
Primary elevation, from the southeast, of the Oak Point Quarry, Oak Point area, 2009; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2009
Primary Elevation
Detail of the Oak Point Quarry, Oak Point area, 2009; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2009
Detail

Other Name(s)

Oak Point Quarry
Oak Point Quarry - Notre Dame Heritage Park
Carrière Oak Point

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/11/19

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Oak Point Quarry, now Notre Dame Heritage Park, located on Highway 6 north of Oak Point, contains the remnants of an early twentieth-century limestone quarry within a setting of natural vegetative growth. The municipal designation applies to the approximately 4.05-hectare (10-acre) parcel of land and to the structural and other surface and subsurface resources on the site.

Heritage Value

The large Oak Point Quarry, incorporating an excavation pit, massive concrete storage structure and kiln remnants, evokes an important period in Manitoba's industrial heritage and in the history of the Interlake region. A local abundance of limestone led entrepreneurs at the turn of the twentieth century to establish many Interlake quarries to supply a booming building industry with raw material and manufactured lime, an ingredient in products such as mortar, plaster and cement. The Oak Point Quarry specialized in making slaked lime through a burning process that entailed use of 23-metre-high wood-fired kilns loaded with crushed stone by crane from the top. This complex, served by a Canadian Northern Railway spur, also held a huge concrete storage structure, the remains of which are now visually dominant, and various ancillary facilities and equipment. Established in 1912 by The David Bowman Coal and Supply Co. of Winnipeg, the quarry provided needed local employment for a decade before contraction of the building industry led to its closure.

Source: Rural Municipality of Coldwell By-law No. 11-2008, January 13, 2009

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Oak Point Quarry site include:
- its location at northeast Highway 6 and Road 104, just north of Oak Point
- the exposed quarry remains, including the excavation pit on the west side of the site and its relationship to the visually prominent storage facility and the kiln and other manufacturing plant remnants to the south

Key physical elements that define the site's industrial character include:
- the extant built remains, such as the furnace and foundation remnants of concrete and metal that represent the manufacturing function, the impressive concrete storage facility with bins and heavy metal hoppers set high on structural supports, etc.
- the quarry remains comprised of the large water-filled pit lined with limestone and shale, etc.
- surface and subsurface materials scattered throughout the site relating to slaked lime production, such as stone shards, etc.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Manitoba

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date

2009/01/13

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Extraction and Production
Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Developing Economies
Labour

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Park
Leisure
Historic or Interpretive Site

Historic

Industry
Natural Resource Extraction Facility or Site

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Coldwell Box 90 Lundar MB R0C 1Y0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

M0338

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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