The Changing Face of the Saskatchewan Prairie
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" (Silversides, Brock. Introduction: Prairie Giants Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1986. p.1). These "Prairie Giants" have been in slow decline since the peak of elevator growth in 1938 (Prairie Giants p.4), altering the very character of the prairie landscape.
The primary purpose of this website is to showcase some of the images of Saskatchewan grain elevators in the University of Saskatchewan Archives' collection, specifically the works of Hans Dommasch and Joanne Abrahamson; two Saskatchewan photographers who have dedicated many years to capturing these distinctive landmarks before they disappear.
Towns by alphabetical listing, full credit for images, and additional information can be found on the Image Locations page.
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