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In this Nov. 11 photo, the Alberta Farmers’ Co-operative Elevator Company structure is already down while the top is off of the Alberta Pool Elevator model before 
it is ultimately toppled.

Demolition at Warner’s famed elevator row

With the loss of two classic pioneer sentinels Alberta’s pioneer heritage takes a serious blow

For Cody Kapcsos the shock of seeing the wreckage earlier this month at Warner was like looking at a once beautiful loved one and encountering utter physical devastation. “When I saw what happened to this iconic and beautiful row it was shocking to see, like someone whose beauty had long deserved admiration but now there […] Read more

Clem T. Go-Fur not only inspired the creation of Torrington’s Gopher Hole Museum, but also led to the hamlet’s fire hydrants — all 11 of them — being painted as cartoonish gopher characters.

Clem to rise again

Since Clem T. Go-Fur was commissioned in 1991, the hamlet has become famous — infamous to some — for its playful dioramas featuring stuffed gophers

There is lingering mourning and a touch of anxiety in the hamlet of Torrington as citizens await the return of the community’s beloved mascot, Clem T. Go-Fur. The cartoonish overall-clad four-metre-tall statue was created in 1991, but has been out of service since last fall after falling off his pedestal. “I was very disappointed. It […] Read more

Nanton’s preserved grain elevators at the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre was the site of AGES’ 12th annual general meeting.

Saving Alberta’s farming icons

Grain elevator enthusiasts promote history, preservation of historic structures

The key to saving the 100 or so country grain elevators still standing in Alberta is preserving their stories, says Hans Huizinga, a heritage restoration consultant. “The elevators themselves are no good without the stories,” said Huizinga, noting the Prairie sentinels and their operators generated countless tales of pioneer living and commerce. “You can have […] Read more

Jim Pearson at the historic P&H country grain elevator at Stettler.

Drumheller graphic artist aims to preserve the memory of Prairie sentinels

Jim Pearson preserving legacy of fast-disappearing Prairie icons

Jim Pearson was caught off guard when he heard the Pioneer country grain elevator in Kamsack, Sask., was demolished in July. He had photographed it three years earlier when it was still a vital service for area farmers. “This thing was barely 30 years old,” said Pearson, a graphic artist who has established himself over […] Read more

Last July movers hauled the huge 162x20-foot Bassano station 155 kilometres over two days to Beiseker.

Alberta railway stations get a new lease on life

Moving the old buildings was a challenge, and much renovation still needs to be done

A trio of Alberta communities are welcoming back a pioneer symbol of hope and prosperity that gripped early settlers across the western landscape more than a century ago. Benalto, Beiseker and Scandia are restoring old Canadian Pacific train stations to their former glory. They hope the icons will revitalize their communities with additional public services […] Read more

Young Canadians win big in New Zealand

Last month Jared Hunter left Canada for a week in New Zealand as just your average farm boy from Didsbury, and came home a world champion. The 24-year-old young man was part of a 12-member Canadian delegation, split into three teams, that competed in the inaugural youth program at the 2013 World Angus Forum Youth […] Read more

Ghost town comes alive to celebrate its centenary

More than 700 people flocked to Retlaw to celebrate its 100th Year Homecoming and experience its unique, ghostly appeal

There’s really not much left of Retlaw, but this August the Alberta ghost town came alive. More than 700 people flocked to the defunct town — some from as far away as Sweden — on Aug. 10 to celebrate its 100th Year Homecoming. “A lot of them remember some of the businesses and they shared […] Read more

Grizzly weighs five tons, but isn’t too dangerous

The once-extinct plains grizzly bear in central Alberta has made a big splash in the region. And while the legendary bruin now thrilling guests at Innisfail’s Discovery Wildlife Park may not be the typical menacing-looking beast locked up in a zoo enclosure, the giant creature is still destined like no other bear to become a […] Read more

Alberta cowboys shatter stereotypes on Canadian version of reality TV hit

Gay teammates Jamie Cumberland and Pierre Cadieux
have long wanted to be on ‘The Amazing Race’ 
— in part, to ‘push the barrier just a little bit’

Pierre Cadieux has wanted to be on “The Amazing Race” since it first aired in 2001, but as a Canadian citizen wasn’t eligible to be on the American reality TV show. Which was why the Innisfail resident was thrilled when his best friend, Airdrie’s Jamie Cumberland, called with news that a Canadian version was in […] Read more