Saturday, November 02, 2013

Waseca, SK "The Little Village With a Big Heart".

We stopped at Waseca last June on our trip to Saskatoon. I'd taken photos of these elevators previously, however, since I like that they aren't painted and showing their age, I wanted to take some more. That's great for photography and shows up best in black and white, I think.
The title of this blog is taken from their website. In the history section, it states that these elevators are privately owned. I ventured into one of the elevators to grab some shots. It seemed to be abandoned or at the very least, neglected. It made for some interesting photos. I'm sharing just a few here.

Wooden grain elevators in Waseca

The weigh station area

The elevator section

The vehicle tracks indicate usage


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Memories of Plato 1905-1980

 We remembered Plato from a previous trip through this area and quickly stopped this past June (2013) to take another record shot of the standing elevator. The local residents have a written history of Plato. I've linked the section on grain handling here. If you click on the drop down menu you can go to other sections as well. An interesting read.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Lucky Lake, SK

Lucky Lake is a small village in central Saskatchewan that still has a standing wooden grain elevator. We stopped here on the way to Saskatoon this past June (2013) to take photos of the elevator and look at what the village has to offer. It looks like a village that still depends on the farmers and ranchers in the area for its existence. I imagine that oil workers are another source of income for the motel and restaurant in Lucky Lake. It was good to see another standing wooden grain elevator as so many are being torn down in the name of progress. This one looks like it's well used and in good shape.


Sunday, August 04, 2013

Lacadena, SK

On our trip through the southern part of the province in June, 2013, we came across another Saskatchewan grain elevator that we hadn't seen before. This one is situated in the wide open prairies and seems out of place here. Apparently, this area was settled around the turn of the 20th century to farm and to ranch. There's some history online if you go here. It's a remote, tiny community. I took the usual photo of the elevator which shows it in total isolation.


It seems only fair that I also include a photo from further away to show that it is not entirely by itself and does have some life around it.
This is the nature of living in much of Saskatchewan--wide open spaces with much distance between neighbours. There is a sense of togetherness, nevertheless, as their very survival depends on helpful neighbours.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Kyle, SK

We came across another wooden grain elevator that is still standing and in use. It's in Kyle, Saskatchewan. This hamlet has a population of around 400 residents and is situated in the southwestern part of the province. It was a sunny day when we drove through this June (2013). We stopped long enough so that I could grab a few photos. It was a relief to see that another one of these prairie icons is still standing in Saskatchewan.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Birsay, SK

We made a point of exploring some less driven roads in Saskatchewan this past June (2013) and came upon some grain elevators we hadn't seen before--like this one in Birsay. This hamlet near Lucky Lake, SK has a population of about 45 residents. It strikes me as amazing that the grain elevator still stands in this secluded section of the province. When I took this photo it was evident that the elevator was still being used. Wonderful!


Saturday, June 29, 2013

White Bear, SK

We just made another trip to Saskatchewan and found some more elevators to add to the collection. This one in White Bear, Saskatchewan, is not easy to get to as it's on a gravel road. The elevator is listing badly and looks like it could fall down at any moment. It represents the dying off of wooden grain elevators. In spite of the decrepit condition of this elevator, it makes a great photo. I've added some effects to accentuate the lines and the vast blue sky.