Thursday, April 4, 2013

Disappearing Giants

Lander Mills
(looking west)
Lander, WY
Late Spring 2012
I decided to photograph these buildings last year because so many of the older grain elevators are being torn down. Riverton used to have three large elevators, but only small outer buildings remain. The Lander Mills complex is still standing and is being used as a feed store. 

Lander Mills
(looking northwest)
All of the elevators were located next to the railroad tracks, but the tracks were pulled up years ago. This gentle giant remains in Lander as a reminder of earlier days.

Lander Mills
the present owner had a bicycle mounted on the roof
after this photo was taken

13 comments:

  1. I love that first shot with the mountains in the back. You live in a beautiful place!

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  2. It is sad to see all these changes. Glad you snapped some pictures while you could.

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  3. Beautiful photos. I'm glad you preserved the images for us. We have two grain elevators left... and some old brick factory smoke stacks. I hope they're all protected (as we tend to do around here with historically significant architecture) but maybe I'll snap photos too... just in case.

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  4. Looks like a beautiful area...must be about the size of where we live(ed) in Lacombe. Love the elevators...the ones we had in Lacombe are all gone...

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  5. If you took away the cars, and the fencing around the building, you could pretend you were way back in the early 1900's. I love those old buildings.

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  6. Sometimes we take for granted those things that have been around forever. Good thinking to document the grain elevators!

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  7. Well you HAVE TO SHOW US the Bicycle on the roof now!!!

    I love the country look of the grain elevators!

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  8. I'm so glad you are photographing these buildings. I have many memories of the grain elevator in Riverton (which has been torn down), as I used to ride with my dad in our big truck and sit at the elevator while the truck was loaded with grain to bring back to the store.

    It's rather fun to look at these buildings now from a more historic viewpoint.

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  9. It's a real shame that they are taking down all the history of the place...it's sad.

    Jen

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  10. I hate to say it but it may be a good thing that they are tearing down the old grain elevators that aren't in use anymore. In the county I grew up in, kids would break into the abandoned ones and often get seriously hurt or even die. I'm definitely glad to know that you are documenting them!

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  11. First glance I thought there was a quilt block painted on the tower!

    Linda

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  12. Wow, I remember seeing that as a kid! I'm glad that you are documenting them also, and that this one is still used!! Such great memories of Wyoming for me!!

    Blessings

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  13. Our elevators have been replaced by the huge concrete silos on a much larger location in the country. But our elevator has rail service--I know up to 100 cars can be parked on the siding to be filled. Seems strange but it is a very big elevator that has people delivering grain to from 100+ miles away.

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