2009-09-24

Disappearing Landmarks

Once seen in every farming community across the prairies, these landmarks are fast disappearing. I convinced my friend to stop to let me take some photos the other day when were were out and about.




Much better photos can be found here and an article on saving the few remaining elevators in Alberta is here.

This is where yesterday's photo came from too...so no, not a haunted house, probably no ghosts at all, although you never know.

Have a good day all.

17 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

The grain elevators are full of ghosts, Reb. How could they not be?
It's so sad to see them go. Glad you got some pics.

the Bag Lady said...

I'm glad, too, that you got some pictures - the grain elevators used to be everywhere - it's sad to see so few left!

Jay said...

You'll find a few of those in the Midwest also. Every once in a while one will catch fire and blow up. Way cool! LOL ;-)

Reb said...

Leah, silly me, of course they are. It is sad to see them go, sadder still to see them replaced with the ugly concrete ones.

Sis, it is sad. There were 5000 in Alberta alone at one time.

Jay, yes grain dust is very explosive. It is just the concrete ones are so ugly.

Hilary said...

Methinks the grain elevators are themselves the ghosts.. ish.

kcinnova said...

This makes me wonder if there are any left in Eastern Washington State. They were in every small farming community there as well, but I haven't been there in over 2 years.

Reb said...

Hilary, that's it!

Kcinnova, there might still be a few. The wooden ones are disappearing everywhere.

Barbara Martin said...

It seems the elevators have gone the way of the old CPR stations.

Reb said...

So true Barbara!

Dianne said...

I love the dark, moody quality of your shots

I hope 'Andrew' is saved

Frank Baron said...

Puts me in mind of the old feed mills too - that run/ran via the power of pond water tumbling down a grade. I don't know about out west, but they're disappearing here. Of the half-dozen I remember fishing at as a boy with my Dad, only one remains.

And truth to tell, the fishing there is no hang anymore. I continue to visit it at least once or twice a year, though - I guess out of habit. And to jog my memory about decades past.

Which is what you've just done.

Thanks, Leah. I think. ;)

Frank Baron said...

Ack, sorry Reb - I said "Leah."

Not that there's anything wrong with your cousin.... ;)

Reb said...

Thanks Dianne. Yes, Andrew is saved, they have made an interpretive centre there.

Frank, I honestly don't think I know of any water powered feed mills here. Now I will have to do some research. I would think that's mostly due to the fact we are a much younger province as well as the flatness out here.

I don't mind being called Leah, she is an exceptional photographer, so thank you :) and at least it is all in the family!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Yep, I'm definitely thinking haunted... but in a good way!

Love the pics; very evocative.

messymimi said...

The disappearance of the unique and special that makes different parts of the world "different" was brought home to me on my trip this past weekend.

I hope people make a concerted effort to preserve some of these things that give their community it's own flavor.

Aunt Jackie said...

Those shots are really cool... It's rare to catch shots of things before they're gone, but when you do you're always glad.

Very nice!

WWC this week?? I'm back... I tried.

Reb said...

Thanks Crabby.

Messymimi, you are so right.

Thanks Jackie. I'm going to be late with the WWC.