You used to see these all over Alberta, these days you still see them, just not as many. It was common for even the very small towns to have two or three. Technology made grain elevators obsolete and they were declared a liability hazard and were increasingly torn down. Many of them seemed to disappear overnight. You can still see a few in unexpected places, where towns used to be. In some places the rail lines were torn up, the towns slowly died, and the buildings will fall in time. Pictures were taken August 31, 2014. The first is near Drumheller, the second is at Dorothy, Alberta which is close to being a ghost town.