#FABTrip15: Esther elevates the discussion

Our last stop on the Alberta leg of the abandoned C.N.R. line running north of Hanna was at Esther, a bona fide ghost town north east of Oyen, and site of the oldest remaining wooden Alberta Wheat Pool elevator . Although the townsite seems to have become an extension of someone’s farm yard, the presence of mailboxes within, and signage commemorating previous occupants of the remaining structures, re-assured us it was okay to have a quick look around.

Our visit and social sharing inspired nostalgia amonsgt many of our followers online, further evidence of the power these fast-disappearing wooden structures have in evoking memories amongst prairie people of the way way were, as well as a longing and reverence for the way things used to be.  

Out of gas. Esther #Alberta #Canada #ghosttown #abandoned #truck #mybadlands #FABTrip15 @gregfarries A photo posted by Jonathan Koch (@forgotten_alberta) on

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2 thoughts on “#FABTrip15: Esther elevates the discussion”

  1. It was sad to see the elevator in rough shape – I wouldn’t be surprised in 5 years to see it gone the way its progressing.

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