Someone is trying to save the iconic grain elevators in Saskatchewan
A woman in Saskatchewan has turned to Twitter in an effort to save her family's historic grain elevators.
My dad and uncle own these iconic elevators at Lepine near Wakaw, Saskatchewan. He would like to pass his on to a historic society who will preserve them. Does anyone know a group who specialize in Canadian history? pic.twitter.com/PaHCZhKczd— Candice Bauer (@CandiceJBauer) January 21, 2020
Candice Bauer posted the call out to Twitter earlier this week, asking if anyone could help her navigate the process of preserving her family's 'iconic' grain elevators that her father and uncle own.
The owners of these iconic grain elevators in Saskatchewan are looking to pass them on to a history society that will preserve them 🤩- 📹 @epicjib #Canada #Saskatchewan #Sask #Wakaw #Lepine pic.twitter.com/UoIp6175ZS— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) January 24, 2020
Bauer pointed out on Twitter that the elevators have become a huge hotspot for photographers.
Grain elevators hold a huge amount of cultural significance in Saskatchewan, as much of the province is covered with the industrial buildings.
These are such a treasure. Iconic prairies.— Ryan Power (@Ryan_Toronto_) January 22, 2020
Saskatchewan has the largest number of grain elevators in the country, but many continue to get torn down as they age and become unstable.
In 2017 my neighbor burned his elevator because it just wasn't safe anymore. Wind had tore the driveway off and the cribbing was getting rotten. He had tried to donate the whole thing but no takers. People refused to follow the no trespassing signs looking for souvenirs. pic.twitter.com/DCnOgCRbRZ— Stuart Lawrence (@olblue81) January 22, 2020
Bauer's call out for help has garnered a lot of attention since she posted. Many people have responded saying that they have memories of the specific elevators, or know of others that they wish could've been preserved.
In Lepine, there are two elevators remaining. One was a Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevator and the other belonged to the United Grain Growers, according to Grain Elevators of Canada.
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