Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 07/31/2014

Photo taken on April 14, 2014

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SE of Calgary
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Here today, maybe gone tomorrow

Here today, maybe gone tomorrow
On 14 April 2014, I spent a wonderful, fun day with my youngest daughter, driving the backroads SE of Calgary. Some of the roads were familiar to me, but others were new territory, which gave us a chance to discover some different abandoned barns and anything else that we thought was interesting and/or beautiful. We knew where our destination was going to be, more or less Mossleigh and Arrowwood, though it was disappointing that the "heat wave" distortion was just too great to get distant, zoomed photos of this row of old grain elevators. It was quite a hazy day, which never helps. Once we got really close, the problem thankfully lessened. At this distance, though, the elevators are not sharp, even if they don't look too bad at this size on a computer screen.

A very interesting and informative website, with a lot of information about this row of old elevators is found at the following link. I find myself returning often to Chris and Connie's site to read about other places they have visited. It's well worth a visit to read about their travels.

According to the website at the above link:

" Update: May 2013. The lineage of the Mossleigh grain elevators has been cleared up. One was built for P&H, one for Pioneer which was later taken over by P&H, and finally one was built for the Searle Grain Company, later UGG and finally P&H. All were built in 1930 but it’s not clear exactly when they changed hands. A forth elevator used to sit here (UGG) but it was destroyed by fire in the 1960s.

Update: September 2013. It’s understood that plans are in place to use the track that remains along the subdivision for some sort of tourist train, operating out of the nearby Aspen Crossing campground/garden centre complex. Time will tell if this will come to fruition – Aspen Crossing as it turns out, does have some rail cars sitting on a section of subdivision track just west of Mossleigh."

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I hope not gone anytime soon! I love grain elevators - they are a beautiful sight on Alberta's landscapes! (We still have quite a lot of them around here, thankfully)
4 years ago.