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Grain Elevator

Brown-red rust coloured grain elevator, with Saskatchewan Pool Elevators Ltd. No. 889 painted in white on the side

A grain elevator is a storage facility for wheat and other grains. Grain is unloaded into a pit or other area at the base and is conveyed from there to the top. From distributor spouts at the top, the grain, separated by grade, falls through chutes into any of a number of storage bins. The grain is eventually loaded onto train box cars for shipment.

Originally built in Keatley, Saskatchewan in 1928, this 23 metre (75 foot) elevator was moved to the Village in 1983. Forty power lines had to be cut along the route. Thirty SaskPower volunteers assisted with the move. It was restored in 1984 with the generous assistance of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Formed in 1924, the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool acted as a farmer-owned cooperative to market grain.

Towering above the landscape, a beacon for prairie travellers, the grain elevator has come to symbolize the settlement of the West in the early years of the 20th century.


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