Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Saskatchewan Grain Elevators

Chaplin Saskatchewan grain elevator
Grain elevator, Chaplin SK, August 17 2008

I have a special fondness for grain elevators. There's something about these prairie sentinels that stirs the imagination. Standing by railway tracks, they are a unique symbol of the Prairies. Unfortunately, they are disappearing at an alarming rate.

In 1999/2000, the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, in association with the Ministry of Saskatchewan Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, commissioned a study to list all the grain elevators remaining in the province of Saskatchewan. The study found about 800 remaining elevators. Several years later, the study was updated and 543 remained by July 2006. This inventory has those elevators.

Saskatchewan Grain Elevator Inventory

I should recommend the Saskatchwan Grain Elevator blog and Grain Elevators Canada as good references for photos of Canadian grain elevators.
Chaplin's grain elevator
Grain elevator, Chaplin SK, August 17 2008

1 comment:

Publisher Colossal Books said...

You might be interested in this book: "American Colossus: the Grain Elevator 1843 to 1943" by William J. Brown (Colossal Books, 2009).