Saturday, January 23, 2010

Grain elevators ...

There's no doubt at all that the grain elevator is the manmade feature most associated with Montana's agricultural landscape. They're extraordinarily evocative things, standing tall and brave and often alone against a mostly-horizontal horizon. Mostly, the elevators were tied to the railroads and the small towns that grew up along their lines ... and as the towns faded away, sometimes the elevator was all that was left.

This is a photo I took last fall of the elevator in Ross Fork, a town that -- like many -- probably never amounted to much. The post office there closed 40 years ago, and today it's basically just a farmyard, with the old railway depot turned into a storage shed. But the elevator is still there, easily the grandest site for a good long ways.


  1. I'd love this photo framed and on the wall!

    Can you see it in your mind's eye, during harvest when it was in it's prime? Wow.

  2. This was actually one of my favorite photos from last year. Thanks. :)

    And it's hard to even imagine what some of these places might have looked like 80 or so years ago. I would have loved to have seen it ... but in a weird way, I think I'd probably prefer today's empty, wistful view.