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    For the Few of Us Who Love Grain Elevators

    Came across this pdf file tonight from the Kansas State Historical Society. Nice little photographic essay on the Legacy of Country Elevators.
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    Neato
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    shooting a grain elevator,
    at sundown,
    as the light is just narrow beam
    skimming over the ground,
    is as visceral a thrill as you can have.

    Well, it is if you've got the 11x14 Deardorff filmed up and waiting...
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    Nice article.

    I grew up in a tiny hamlet of about 500 people (going back there in a month) and even we had a grain elevator. However, like many other small places, once the rail line got torn up the elevator was demolished. Even as a young teenager back then (this is over 20 years ago now) I thought it was a shame that they couldn't let such an iconic structure be. However, I think it had more to do with fire and safety hazards, rather than competition, that saw the end of the elevator. Whenever I travel back to the Prairies I always look out for them, but there aren't many left, especially in Manitoba (Saskatchewan is another story).

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    Grain elevators? I thought this was going to be a thread on developers. What a disappointment.

    Grain elevators in the last two issues of LensWork, too. Who says there is nothing to photograph in the American Midwest?
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    Count me as one of the aficionados. Ours are no longer functioning as we have become so urban.

    Perhaps, Joe Lipka really mean the grain elevators: whiskey, scotch, beer, etc. Still I like the down home, farm-related kind.
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    there are a lot of them listed here:

    http://www.farmnetservices.com/farm/...tors/52-0.html

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    Good link John. Thanks!
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    I miss them, southern Missouri doesn't seem to have to many elevators.

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    Now WHO doesn't appreciate a good grain elevator?

    A lone cyclone windmill over a watering hole is fine too...

    Brings back nice memories; orange dust like talc, sweat crusted on the brim of your hat, the stillness that sucks the air out of your lungs with furnace-like heat, the sweet taste of mossy water in the livestock tank...

    miss it.

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