Saturday, 20 October 2018

Random mailbox

I could not drive past this without taking a photo and wanting to post it. Spotted somewhere in rural Alberta.

Random tree

Quick photo while out and about in rural Alberta.

Random bale

Spotted northeast of Lacombe, Alberta.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Delia Grain Elevator

The Delia, AB grain elevator was built in 1940 for Pioneer Grain, and was twinned with an elevator beside it that was built in 1916. The older elevator would be demolished in 1986. Also in 1986, a steel grain bin was added, and the office & driveshed was upgraded. A second steel grain bin was added in 1992. The elevator was closed by Pioneer in 2001 and was sold to a local farmer who uses it to this day.

- Jason Paul Sailer

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Skiff: In the Prairie Wind

Located on the former Stirling CPR subdivision (now operated by Forty Mile Rail), this 35,000 bushel elevator was originally built as an Ellison in the summer of 1929 in the hamlet of Skiff, Alberta. In August 1975 it was sold to Parrish & Heimbecker. It was closed in 2002 (when the rail line closed) and was sold to a local farmer who still uses it to this day!

- Jason Paul Sailer

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Late night black and white

Neidpath, Saskatchewan. 

Not that anyone phones me anyway . . .

My local tech guy fixed my cell phone for twenty-five dollars. Since he had it for hours trying various attempted remedies I got off relatively cheap.

To the blogger who lives north of me who commented on the post immediately preceeding this post I only have this to say.

My iphone takes good photos of bales. For the artistic shots I use a Nikon.

Ain't technology grand?

Did a software update on my iphone this morning. After updating itself the phone decided to seize. Now I am unable to access anything.

The guy who owns the local independent tech repair shop knows me by name. This is because I seem to be a magnet for weird phone issues or dropping my phone and breaking the screen. If he cannot fix it I will making a trip to the Apple store.


A headstone in the Christ Church Cemetery near Millarville, Alberta.

Mister Newton was a dog person.  So much so that there is a ceramic photo of his beloved dogs on his headstone.  

My kind of guy.

- Michael Truman

All that remains of . . .

Ankerton, Alberta is a sign.

This must be a homemade sign. It is all in capital letters with no punctuation or paragraph breaks. It reads:


There was not much in Ankerton, at one time only a general store, two grain elevators, and a couple of houses. 

Monday, 15 October 2018

I did not want to do this but I had no choice

Page views have dipped. Time to post bales.

St. Peter's Catholic Church, Flagstaff County, Alberta

A quick trip on September 30, 2018. Impressive Catholic Church between Strome and Forestburg, Alberta, almost equidistant from both places, and rural. There is nothing nearby except farms. There used to be a school across the road. I do not think it sees regular use anymore. The church is locked. It is an amazing sight when you see it.

I was going to write some more to go with this but this link is far better than anything I could come up with.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Friday, 12 October 2018

Drinkwater United Church

The long abandoned United Church in Drinkwater, Saskatchewan . . . and a friendly cat.  The original church dates back to 1911 with a few ill conceived additions in later years.

During my visit I met one of the neighbours and guess what he had? A commemorative plate celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the church.  The image on the plate shows how the church appeared in its glory days. Thank you, kind sir.

- Michael Truman

Thursday, 11 October 2018


Goldstone was a town in Hill County, Montana.  This sign is a memorial to the once thriving community.

According to "Hill County" by Emily Ann Mayer and the Clack Museum, Goldstone received its name from the first postmaster, Frank Novak, who picked up a stone that looked like gold.

As shown in the last photograph, the Sweet Grass Hills sit to the west of the former town site.  The people of Goldstone had a nice view.

- Michael Truman

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Glen has a great ghost town post on his blog

Go visit:

Lexington School

The long abandoned Lexington School still maintains a dominating presence on the North Dakota prairie landscape.

It's obviously not the charming little one-room school house that one generally associates with "pioneer" schools. Far from it! A second-generation school built to accommodate the burgeoning influx of children in the area.

It looks to be a similar design to Fir Mountain School (in southern  Saskatchewan) which opened in the late-1920's. I'd hazard a guess that Lexington School is even a little older than that.

A long time has passed since Lexington School has been graced with the presence of children.

These big old schools are pretty special. I love 'em!

- Michael Truman

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Fall in the Hills

The colours in the Cypress Hills don't let you down in autumn.

- Michael Truman