Twilight on a Prairie Icon

Architecture, Gravelbourg, Historical Site, Landscapes, Rural Decay

This grain elevator was built in 1915, in Gravelbourg Saskatchewan. The heritage value of this Saskatchewan and Western Elevator Company elevator lies in its status as an example of grain elevators that were built during the expansion of the grain-handling industry between 1900 and 1930.The structure is the only remaining elevator (in Saskatchewan) built by the Saskatchewan and Western Elevator Company and is one of the few remaining elevators built prior to the 1920’s.Grain elevators in Western Canada have been referred to as prairie icons, prairie cathedrals or prairie sentinels. These grain elevators dominated the prairie landscape for more than a century with every community having at least one.

Today many of these grain elevators are being dismantled and removed from the landscape. Railway lines are being abandoned and the railways want them removed for safety reasons. It will truly be the end of an era, when the last one is gone.

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Entranced by rural and urban decay. I am drawn to these forlorn sites because they emote conflicting sentiments of beauty and disintegration.

2 thoughts on “Twilight on a Prairie Icon”

  1. Is a shame that they are removing them. I hope that they let a few of these stand especially those that have been around for close to 100 years. It’s a price of history that once gone will easily be forgotten. On another note this is a beautiful image!

  2. Rita Csada says:

    At last year’s Festival of Trees in Gravelbourg, for the Hospital fundraising gala event, I bought your print of this elevator. I love it!

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