by BU Public History Student
At the beginning of the settlement of the prairies, grain elevators were crucial for the efficient organization, packing and distribution of grain before it was put onto trains for transport.
Grain elevators were an important representation of the Canadian prairies from the beginning of their settlement. Grain elevators were highlighted on promotional brochures for potential European settlers to symbolize that the Canadian prairies were a place of opportunity and prosperity.
Today grain elevators continue to hold importance for prairie residents and represent a symbol of home.