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Dorothy AB Grain Elevator

It’s been photographed…an awful lot. Not that it should come as a surprise, the little grain elevator in Dorothy Alberta, a near ghost town in the Red Deer River badlands, is one photogenic building. Standing there, right beside the highway, in this lovely valley setting, below the sprawling plains, one can’t help but be compelled to start clicking away on seeing it. It begs to be shot.

Most people take their pics from the side of the road or from “downtown” Dorothy (home to two camera-friendly churches). More adventurous types might follow the gravel road that climbs the valley to the south, and take their shots from a viewpoint up there. Us, we wanted something new, something completely different. How about the valley top to the north? Don’t think anyone’s done it that way. And since there’s no road up there, only pasture, it’s a good bet we’ll be breaking some new ground here. Feet, get in gear – we approached from a well road up there.

So, here, for your approval, shots of Dorothy’s circa 1920s “Alberta Pacific” grain elevator, closed and abandoned in the 1950s, now roofless, having lots it’s top in a windstorm a couple years back, in all its glory. Plus the nearby bridge, love it, with some obligatory shots of Team BIGDoer thrown in for good measure. Enjoy the views. They’re pretty darn good and we sure liked presenting them to you.

Read more about the elevator…
Dorothy Alberta.
Dorothy Alberta, the little grain elevator in the valley (long winded title).

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Date of adventure: May, 2017.
Location: Dorothy, AB.

Dorothy Alberta Elevator

The sad roofless grain elevator in Dorothy Alberta.

Connie BIGDoer.com

Looking back at Connie.

Dorothy Alberta Grain Elevator

These blanketed the ground – our subject in back.

Bridges Dorothy Alberta

Dorothy’s bridge deserves some attention too.

Dorothy AB Grain Elevator

Nice views from this, a new and different angle.

Chris BIGDoer.com

That trademark yellow shirt is hard to miss.

Mighty BIGDoer-mobile

The “Mighty” BIGDoer-mobile awaits.

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Steve Boyko
Guest

Definitely a different viewpoint!

Ron Parks
Guest
Ron Parks

That is quite a hike up there, the south side is easy. There is a road going right up to the top.

Jan Normandale
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Jan Normandale

Great work I really like this. I’ve often wondered about shooting this one from the top and now you’ve done it!
BTW… is it really possible to ‘love’ an elevator too much?

Jenn
Guest

I will never get tired of any view of Dorothy. Very nice!

Douglas Seright
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Douglas Seright

Been there , seen that may times , always drawn to it.

Annette Venedam
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Annette Venedam

Ah what a beautiful place. We took lots of pics there!

Fraser Flamond
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Fraser Flamond

I remember that storm and going to see it with the top gone and the restored Catholic church had its shingles blown off.

Anne Elliott
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Anne Elliott

Such a shame that this elevator hasn’t been repaired – it’s one of my favourites. Neat shot from high up.

Coinoath Sarsfield
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Coinoath Sarsfield

I’ve seen it a few times from the other side of the valley, this looks better.

Griselda Jones
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Griselda Jones

We often drive through Dorothy on our way to Calgary….
these are such beautiful shots!

Corinna Cooke
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Corinna Cooke

There’s so many photos of Dorothy’s elevator – and yours is from a unique angle! Love it!!

Eric Viklund
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Eric Viklund

We were there, parking in the lee side of a building waiting out the hailstorm, when the roof blew off. A granddaughter in the back seat watched in amazement as the roof flew off, crashing to the ground. A remarkable moment for her. She was quite excited about that.

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