I kind of "collect" these. Taking photos of them is a cheap hobby. The first one is a church marker showing where a church once stood. This one reads "Hastings Coulee United Church 1918 - 1973". For some reason I like to see signs in the middle of nowhere saying that something once stood here. It makes me think about the passage of time and how nothing is really permanent.
Hastings Coulee School once stood here and was in use from 1919 to 1947. The "SD" stands for "School District". I have over one hundred photos of school markers. There may have been up to five thousand small schools in the province and not all of their locations were marked.
I like to find the more unique markers. I have seen a couple marking the location of where a post office once stood and a couple marking where a homestead once stood. There are a few 'Century Farms" in Alberta. Farms that are still in operation by the same family that have been in existence for one hundred years. Some homestead markers have marked original important homesteads. I know there is at least one general store marker in Alberta and I want to see it. Practically all of these are marking an empty spot. The important thing is that someone cared enough to try and preserve some local history.