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This private project is a work in progress, and this web site is to supplement my book,

“Vanishing Sentinels The Remaining Grain elevators of Alberta and British Columbia, which is available now in print. The book contains all of the data, photographs of the remaining structures and history I have collected of the

1,759 wooden grain elevators in Alberta.

I also include the 40 concrete and 20 steel facilities which have replaced a great number of these wooden sentinels.

For more info on the book, click on the links

at the top of this page.

I hope you enjoy looking at the photos I have taken since 2003, and please feel free to comment or leave information on grain elevators in your area that I may have missed in the book.

All of us have a stake in this important part of our history!

Please do not forget the Vanishing Sentinels Of The Alberta Prairies!

Please feel free to email me at if you have any comments, suggestions or new elevator sightings in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Chin Elevator Demolition Photo

Courtesy Ric Swihart

Check Out My Fellow Vatorologist

Matt Tolton of Carberry, Manitoba

Elevator Website at;

Please check my Saskatchewan Site At:

For More Info On

The Alberta Grain Elevator Society (AGES)

Check out their website at

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Vanishing Sentinels Alberta and British Columbia 2012 Update as well as Volume II and III (Western and Eastern Saskatchewan) books are


Click here for more information (Alberta)

Click here for more information (Saskatchewan)

As of March 5, 2015,

Alberta has 306 known Grain Facilities.

251 are wooden elevators and annexes,

42 are concrete, 12 are steel.

(Not including 50+ seed cleaning or feed mills)

Please feel free to

sign my guestbook!

Vanishing Sentinels Update!

Our new mailing address is 302 990 12 Ave SE, Drumheller, Alberta

Phone: (403) 650-6940


June 14, 2012

August 13, 2013

“Help Paint The Elavator!”

September 15, 2013

Elevator Siding Removed And New

Insulation Being Applied

September 29, 2013

New Siding being


October 9, 2013

Siding Finished On East Side,

Still Working On Driveway Side.

November 27, 2013

Siding and New Stettler Name Finished On East Side

November 27, 2013

Annex Elevator Paint Job Completed!


Work on Re-siding and Re-painting the

Stettler Parrish & Heimbecker Elevator Nearly Complete!

Check out The Vanishing Sentinels Facebook Page

For More Elevator Photos and Other Updates!

For more Information on the Stettler Parrish And Heimbecker elevator, go to



So far, the tracks up to just west of

Craigmyle have been removed.

For more information on this line, with photos and links, please click the link below!

Abandonment of the Goose Lake Line

Updated October 3, 2014!

Crew Removing The Track (Hanna - Craigmyle)

Hanna Herald May 7, 2014 (Photo By Bev Bergmann)

Jim A. Pearson would like to thank everyone who showed up at the AGES Conference in Nanton on June 21.

He’d also like to thank everyone who bought books, maps and cardstock elevators!

Vanishing Sentinels New 1910-2014 Rail and Elevator Maps Are


For more click here.

Myself and Donna Taggart were showcased on the CTV Calgary News Program

“Inspired with Darrel Janz” on

Wednesday, September 10th on the 6 PM news.

We did an interview on the grain elevator project!

On November 12, Myself and Cody Kapcsos were interviewed by

CTV Lethbridge on the potential loss of Alberta’ last remaining wooden grain elevator row.

2014 saw only three

Wooden elevator demolitions in Alberta. Including the loss of the

last elevator row in the province!

Grimshaw, Alberta

Ex-Alberta Wheat Pool Fertlizer

16 km W of Peace River On

Highway 2, 5 km S on

Highway 35

Demolished June, 2014

Warner, Alberta

Alberta Wheat Pool No. 1

(The small hip roof elevator)

Demolished November, 2014

Warner, Alberta

Alberta Wheat Pool No. 2

Demolished November ,2014

The loss of these two elevators pretty much destroyed the last elevator row (4 or more standing) in Alberta. The last remaining row is in

Inglis Manitoba.

Disaster In Sexsmith, Alberta

The Alberta Wheat Pool No. 3 in Sexsmith was destroyed by fire tonight. (January 13, 2015)

More details when we find out more!

Death of a Cargill Elevator in Sexsmith, Alberta

Photos Courtesy of the Sexsmith & District Museum Society

March 5-6, 2015