A successful graphic artist, Jim Pearson has been designing beautiful
Alberta and grain elevator calendars since
2008. He delivered a presentation at the
Heritage Canada Conference in 2006 titled, Saving Traditional Wooden Elevators
in an Electronic Age and he continuously presents his work in schools, museums
and libraries. Jim has spend nearly a
decade raising awareness about Saskatchewan Western Canada’s
disappearing grain elevators. In alone, there was
once a total of 1500 wooden grain elevators and now, there are a maximum of 285
left standing. Alberta
“Grain elevators were the sentinels of the Prairies. Wherever you went, you could always find where you were. They were a marker,” explains Jim.
Jim’s passion stems from his home town of
. Delia lost their twin elevators in 2001; one
to a devastating fire and the other was demolished. Jim realized that these western prairie icons
were quickly disappearing. Delia, Alberta
Jim has traveled across
photographing and mapping as many elevators as possible, to bring attention and
awareness to them. His website, www.vanishingsentinels.ca
encourages communities to celebrate and protect these historic landmarks and
offers information and photos of his collection.
Jim would love to hear from anyone who has photos and stories of grain elevators, especially elevators built before 1911. Please contact Jim via his website or by phoning 403-364-3925.