Wheat Kings: Vanishing Landmarks of the Canadian Prairies

Wheat Kings: Vanishing Landmarks of the Canadian Prairies

by Greg McDonnell


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Wheat Kings: Vanishing Landmarks of the Canadian Prairies by Greg McDonnell

As the twenty-first century marches forward, the country grain elevator rapidly nears extinction. These classic wooden structures once used to store grain are being torn down by the hundreds along with thousands of miles of railway branchlines. A proud and honored way of life is coming to end.

Wheat Kings is a lavishly illustrated and poignantly written look at the passing of the traditional northern prairie grain elevators and the communities and railcars that served them. The book includes photographs of grain elevators from numerous small prairie towns. Also included are images of the region's train stations, churches, farms and commercial buildings, many abandoned.

The book is organized by six concise essays. These include:

  • Wheat Kings: brief history of grain elevators
  • Of Peddlers, Pullers and Tramps: the prairie railroad system
  • Something Big on the Horizon: concrete high-capacity super elevators
  • McMahon - Hard Times on the Prairies: a forgotten town
  • The Last Harvest: an elevator comes down
  • Buffalo Bones: the end of the railroad grain cars.

Wheat Kings is a chronicle of the end of an era as witnessed by one of North America's best-known and most-respected railroad writers and photographers. This book is sure to fascinate railway enthusiasts, transportation historians, and anyone interested in the changing worlds of farming and railroading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550464238
Publisher: Boston Mills Press
Publication date: 10/02/2004
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Greg McDonnell's writing and photography have been praised by rail enthusiasts across North America. Each new book by Greg McDonnell is a major event in the large railfan community, and Boston Mills Press is proud to be his publisher. Greg is a featured columnist for Trains magazine. His acclaimed large-format pictorials include Canadian Pacific, Signatures in Steel, Heartland, U-Boats: General Electric's Diesel Locomotives, and Passing Trains. He is currently at work on a new book and overseeing a Masters of Railway Photography book series for Boston Mills Press. He lives with his wife and three sons on the edge of a ravine overlooking the Canadian Pacific Railway's Orr's Lake Hill.

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