The simple and elegant grain elevator is one of the best-loved symbols of Alberta and the prairie
west. Grain elevators are not simply a feature of our physical landscape but, with the names of
our home towns proudly emblazoned on the sides, they are also a part of our local and personal
identities, giving us truly "a sense of place". Sadly, Alberta's elevators are disappearing at an
alarming rate, and being replaced with large, centralized, concrete and steel structures. This
photograph of the Brownvale elevators, [ca. 1983], is just one of 3763 photographs of the grain
elevators of 310 towns, which are preserved at Glenbow in the Alberta Wheat Pool fonds.
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