For information on ghost towns I rely on several sources. One of my more recent supplies of knowledge comes from Jim A. Pearson’s Vanishing Sentinels series. It was only last summer that I discovered his comprehensive books on the grain elevators of Saskatchewan. For Christmas, I received volumes 2 and 3 of his work; the elevators of Western and Eastern Saskatchewan. He had also documented the elevators of B.C., Alberta, and most recently Manitoba.
Sadly, Pearson passed away in late December from leukemia. I never met Jim, but appreciated his commitment and effort to such an immense undertaking. Jim Pearson was one of the first vatorologists or elevator enthusiasts and this passion is prominent in his books. They provide detailed diagrams of elevators, railroad and elevator maps, pictures of elevators, and list every grain elevator erected in a town and its history. Jim made valuable contributions to preserving our heritage and history. To learn more about his work and books click here.
In tribute to Pearson I am posting some of the elevators I have visited over the years. All information comes from his Vanishing Sentinels books: