On Remembrance Day 2014, I and the wife took a drive to Warner to photograph the last remaining elevator row (5+ elevators) in the snow. Approaching from the north end of village, driving down from Lethbridge I could see from a distance that something wasn't right. As we got closer we witnessed the demolition of the 1928 Alberta Wheat Pool elevator, although we missed the demolition of the 1913 Alberta Farmers Cooperative elevator. At that time it was the first elevator demolition we witnessed first hand, and it left a bad taste in my mouth . . .
I was surprised by the lack of attention the grain elevator demolition had - I have seen other demolitions online or in the news, and there was usually hundreds of people there watching from a distance the machines clawing at these vanishing sentinels. Perhaps because it was occurring on a statutory holiday that there was hardly anyone there to pay their respects to these wooden grain elevators. Though after sharing a few photos of the demolition online, it sure caused some waves in the grain elevator photography groups I am members with. Always take photographs! A person never knows when an place will change. Photos taken November 2014 and a re-visit in February 2015.
Trying to run daily posts until the end of November so hopefully I have enough material to make that happen. There may be a few days where they might not be any posts. I have some personal stuff to get squared away and November is turning out to be an interesting month for me.
An historical monument celebrating the former settlement of Milly. What a great name for a town! Located near McCord, Saskatchewan.
The monument reads:
With great hopes, settlers came to a district called Milly. This 1910 post office, originally called Gravesborough, was located on six different homestead sites. A settlement was established here with two stores, post office, Roman Catholic Church, barber shop-pool hall, a hall and sports grounds. In 1929 the railway was built further north. The community declined during the great depression. St. Joseph's Church was moved to Glentworth in 1931. Milly soon disappeared.
I am sure this is an old one room schoolhouse. This is in Vulcan County, Alberta. I posted it before when I saw it in the winter. I wanted to see it with no snow. There is no sign saying what school it was, it may have been moved here from another location. It sits alone out in a field.
So here, for your approval, shots of the 1920s grain elevator remaining at Dorothy, Alberta which was closed in the late 1950s. Now roofless, its future hangs in the balance, hopefully it will be rescued and preserved for future generations! Visited in July, 2017.