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Museum Of Wheat

A cache by Sask_girl & Novy Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 01/26/2008
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

A micro cache in the village of Hepburn.

Hepburn has two historical sites in the community. One is the Museum of Wheat, which is the former Pool elevator. Guided tours are available which tell the story of wheat in an attempt to preserve Saskatchewan's rich agriculture history. The second is the Hepburn School. It was completed in the fall of 1927 and is still in use today.

Our cache is located at the museum. The museum consists of the refurbished elevator, office, & annex as well as outdoor displays. Extensive renovations inside the adjacent elevator annex turned the former grain storage area into three floors of display space.

The elevator was built in 1928 and was owned by The Sask Wheat Pool. In its day, this country elevator represented the peak of efficiency in grain handling. It took only one man to receive, weigh, grade, store, mix and clean tonnes of grain. The same person could single-handedly move the grain from the tall storage bins into grain cars sitting on the railway track that ran alongside the elevator. And while help was common during busy periods, one person could also position the grain cars under the loading spout using a winch and tow rope. Before that advance, a long-handled lever was used to nudge forward one of the steel wheels on the grain car.

With so many of these "crib-style" elevators being demolished and replaced with far fewer and much larger inland terminals, the old country grain elevator is sure to become an ever greater curiosity as time goes by. We think it is great that the people in this community have done so much to preserve this piece of history.

The cache is a magnetic micro. It contains a log only. Please bring your own writing utensil to sign the log. Beware of muggles. This area is part of a walking trail so muggles may be passing by.

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