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Creston Grain Elevators and Site
The wooden grain elevators in Creston are a visual symbol of Canada that is disappearing. In 2018, the Trust purchased the iconic grain elevators to help preserve the region’s history and share it with future generations.
The Creston grain elevators were built in 1935 and 1936. During their prime they were used to collect, store and ship locally grown wheat, barley, oats and rye. In 1971 they closed to public use and were sold to a private business person who used the premises to sell seed and feed and purchase grain from local farmers for shipment to Alberta and Vancouver.
In accordance with its commitment to Arts, Heritage and Culture, the Trust purchased the Creston Grain Elevators and Site in 2018 when local groups were unable to.
The condition assessment of both elevators indicated the red elevator is in much better shape than the white elevator. It was decided to focus the Trust’s efforts on securing, cleaning, and restoring the red elevator. Funding partners would likely be required to restore the white elevator.