How a Grain Elevator works

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Prairie Sentinels

This documentary short is a visual portrait of “Prairie Sentinels,” the vertical grain elevators that once dotted the Canadian Prairies.

Surveying an old diesel elevator’s day-to-day operations, this film is a simple, honest vignette on the distinctive wooden structures that would eventually become a symbol of the Prairie provinces.

Video source: The National Film Board (NFB)

See the corresponding article on scratch building the grain elevator.