Saturday, January 9, 2010

Disappearing Landscapes

Like most Saskatchewanians, I grew up loving the prairies and taking for granted our "prairie giants" that dotted the landscape. Since the 1880s an icon of the Canadian prairies has been the traditional wood primary grain elevator; that "visual metaphor for the backbone of the prairie economy - grain farming". These "Prairie Giants" have been in slow decline since the peak of elevator growth in 1938 altering the very character of the prairie landscape.

Thankfully projects have been undertaken to at least visually record this heritage. Visit The Changing Face of the Saskatchewan Prairie website for more wonderful images.

Wolseley, Saskatchewan

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1 comment:

  1. You might be interested in the book by William Brown, "American Colossus: the Grain Elevator, 1843 to 1943" (Colossal Books, 2009). Its on