Saturday Reading


For nearly a century, a wooden tower has loomed over the prairie town of Andrew in western Canada, rising from the rolling landscape land like a lone sentinel. Built during the agricultural boom of the early 20th century, the grain elevator – and six others that stood nearby – once bore testament to the town’s prosperity.

Today, the main street of Andrew is quiet, even on a weekday at noon. Many of the town’s storefronts are shuttered and all that remains of the railway line is a faint imprint on the ground. The local school only has 70 students, and residents wonder how long it can remain open.

Andrew is no stranger to loss: over the years, jobs and residents have slowly dwindled. But when its last remaining grain elevator was slated for demolition, the community battled hard to win a stay of execution.

“Trying to save this thing was like praying to God,” said Dave Cuthbert, a resident. “You were never certain if your voice was being heard.”

Leyland Cecco @ THE GUARDIAN

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15 Responses to Saturday Reading

  1. Micki says:

    Jeez Louise! I’m sure glad I don’t take a prescription drugs! This is insanity!


  2. Micki says:

    Yup…grain elevators are difficult to repurpose. But, right here in Bellingham, OUR GRANARY BUILDING WAS SAVED FROM DEMOLITION

    It was a long slog though!


    • Den says:

      Actually most are a great source of old redwood because of it’s bug-proofedness. With a suitable size saw and mill one could build a house, garage, and barn. Re-purpose, re-purpose.


  3. °¿º arol says:

    The billionaires floating around, using their riches to try to be president, this granary building situation…people like Bezos, Bloomberg and that other billionaire running for president, could throw their money at projects like this. They could spend their time like me, reading things on the internet(s), stumbling on things that could use some money.

    Alas, that is something a peasant like me dreams about doing if I ever won the lotto and of course, one could get struck by lightening 30 times before EVER winning a lotto.


  4. °¿º arol says:

    It snowed overnight. VERY wet. Soon as I got up I suited up and cleared the back deck. I could only push so much and had to end up lifting and tossing it over the railing. I did the steps and went in. Went out several hours later and did the sidewalk to the garage patio, the patio…more lifting, then I got my RAV4 out and drove it up and down the driveway, out into the road, back up the drive to the sidewalk, in front of the bay window where we back up to from the garage. All that is left is a path to the bird feeders. Not sure if I’ll go back out, or wait until tomorrow. We’re having rain now, not good. Pushing will be almost impossible.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Standard 27 minutes in the not-snowing to the almost full Old Post Office.


  6. Den says:

    Back to the car wash:


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Paper products?


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