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Photographer's Note

Two grain elevators stand beside a railway line in Creston. Even though Creston is in British Columbia the red painted one was part of the Alberta Wheat Pool. Today they are abandoned.

In 1923 the Alberta Wheat Pool was set up as a farmer owned, non-share, non-profit co-operative. The pool sold the grain, and if there was a surplus in the account at the end of the year, it was distributed to its members at a pro-rated basis. Initially 26,000 farmers joined the Pool. In time the Wheat Pool began to build more elevators and terminals with the one shown built in about 1935. By the late 1960s they had 567 elevators. However by the mid 1990s with the cost of grain so low the Alberta Wheat Pool merged and became part of a publicly traded company and grain elevators such as these are no longer in use.

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