by Montana McMullen
The town of Fleming, Saskatchewan experienced a great loss when its historic grain elevator burned down on 9 February 2010. The community had worked hard to raise money for its preservation as a local treasure and tourist attraction and was planning a grand reopening celebration.
Before its destruction by arson, it had been the oldest remaining elevator of its kind. It had a distinct wood frame and peaked roof which distinguished it from others.
Before its restoration began, the elevator was weathered, worn down, falling apart, and not very appealing to the eye.
Restoration gave the elevator new life, representing how it may have looked when it was first built in 1895.