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Isabella, MB- Service at Cost

Inside the office was a small furnace and a collection of mechanical belts. You can see “SERVICE AT COST” and “POOL 168” in the background.

Oberon, MB- Field Row

The old offices for the Oberon Elevator are defunct, but seem to be holding up to the brutal prairie snows and winds. Medium Format.

Twenty-Five Million Minutes

Standing where the Final Assembly Building used to hum and staring across the former site of the Sheet Metal and Spring buildings. Today, of course, the Foundry is gone as well, so you’d be looking across Prairie Ave.

11,000 Acres

The average sugar mill in 1915 consumed about 11,000 acres of sugar beets

Oberon, MB

The iconic outline of a prairie sentinel. Quintessential rural industrial architecture.

McConnell, MB (Kodak Tmax400 35mm)

One of the principal businesses in McConnell was a farm implement and lumber store. This is too new to have been bought there, but I like that it’s still on the edge of town. It’s more comfortable than the emptiness beyond, that used to be a little prairie town.

Excavated Foundry

The EPA has been doing work on and off over the past few years, digging up the foundations of the demolished steel mill to clean up the site.