Note: Road Trip Memories is a series on Traveler Ahoy where I look back at the various things I’ve seen and done on past road trips.
I’m from Alberta. I’m used to wide open space, big skies, summer thunderstorms, winter blizzards, and grain elevators that stand up against the prairie sky. During road trips when I was a child these were the giant landmarks of a new town. Unfortunately many towns in the prairies have demolished their grain elevators, because keeping them up can be more expensive that they are worth. One my last road trip in Alberta and Saskatchewan I decided to take a few photos of the grain elevators I saw.
These photos make me wonder if there’ll be a time when grain elevators are completely outdated. When they’re all destroyed, and only found as pictures in history books. I hope not. I hope that some towns still preserve their grain elevators as a part of prairie history. On a long drive, with nothing but sky and flat golden fields around you, there’s nothing like seeing a grain elevator rising up from nowhere.