Wooden grain elevator surrounded by horse carts.

The changing face of the Saskatchewan prairie

Images of Saskatchewan grain elevators held by the University Archives and Special Collections, University of Saskatchewan.

An icon of the Canadian prairies since the 1880s, the traditional wooden primary grain elevator has been a "visual metaphor for the backbone of the prairie economy - grain farming"1. These "Prairie Giants" have been in slow decline since the peak of elevator growth in 1938 2, altering the settler character of the prairie landscape.

This exhibit was curated by Alejandra Ortiz and primarily features photographs by Hans Dommasch and Joanne Abrahamson. Both Saskatchewan photographers have dedicated many years to capturing these distinctive landmarks before they disappear.

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The changing face of the Saskatchewan prairie


1 Silversides, Brock. Introduction: Prairie Giants Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1986. p.1
2 Prairie Giants p.4

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