Some of the most iconic buildings in Alberta are grain elevators, those massive wooden towers that held tens of thousands of bushels of vital prairie grain.
Tall sleek and mostly silent, these buildings can be seen from miles away, and are always located on railway track where trains would haul the crops to market.
The Alberta Pacific Grain Elevator in Castor, Alberta, is listed as a Canadian historic site.
It was built in 1910, a year after the then-premier of Alberta sparked a grain elevator construction boom by offering lucrative bond guarantees to railway companies who were willing to expand the province’s rail network.
A combination of high demand in Europe due to the First Word War and bumper crops in Alberta prompted the elevator’s owners to expand its capacity from 35,000 bushels to the current capacity of 45,000 bushels.
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