There are three grain elevators in Kenaston, Saskatchewan, built between 1960 and 1973. All of the elevators are now privately owned.
The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool built a steel grain elevator, their first, in 1960. It is 111 feet tall with a 60,000 bushel capacity. It was the “A” elevator since it was the first. It closed in 2000 and was sold in 2002 to Rupcich Farms and sports a “Farmers For Justice” sign.
The middle elevator was built by Federal Grain in 1965. It was purchased by the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in 1972 and became Pool “C”. It was purchased by Remmen Farms in 2002.
The United Grain Growers built their grain elevator in 1973, which was 118 feet in height. This elevator closed in 1996 and was converted to handle mustard seeds. It was closed in 2001 and sold to Guy Farms.
Mark Zulkoskey said: “Kenaston holds the unique role of having one of only two experimental steel Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevators (the other being built in Saskatoon). The style never took and SWP returned to wood until the early 1990s. It’s also one of the only communities with three intact elevators standing in a nice row. Not to be beat, it also boasts a water tower from the days of steam and an active rail line. This makes Kenaston an ideal photography hot spot.”
“On a family trip from Moose Jaw, we caught a CN train heading north from Davidson and we decided to catch it. Building a makeshift stand out of two ragged garbage cans, I managed to catch the lead engines pass by one of the elevators and the water tower. I then proceeded to catch the DPU as it passed by the line of elevators.”
“The steel elevator was built in 1960 and is now owned by Rupcich. The other two elevators – owned by Guy Farms and Remmen were built in 1973 and 1965 respectively.”
See this page for more information on the history of Kenaston’s elevators.
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