Grain Elevator Painting
The black and white painting is of the grain elevator in the town of Bigelow, Minnesota population 231. Recently I visited Bigelow where my sweetheart’s brother-in-law has a farm. (My sweetheart is actually, my wife)
They live in a small community about ten miles away from the farm and he commutes out to the farm from town. During the summer months he rides a motorcycle out to the farm. That’s not exactly what you would expect a farmer to be driving, but those country roads are great to ride on a motorcycle.
I’ve been to the mid-west a number of times and fascinated with the prairie elevators. I’ve noticed just in the fifteen years that i have been traveling to Minnesota and Wisconsin that these grain elevators are disappearing. This grain elevator is about a hundred-and-twenty-feet tall and in this part of the country usually stores feed corn or soy beans. It sits next to the railroad tracks and at certain times of years the farmer’s trucks are busy hauling their crops to the elevators. I’ve been on the farm during harvest time and it is interesting to see his big combine harvesting the field. It is hooked up to a gps so it can actually harvest the field on it’s own. The combine is guided up and down the rows harvesting the soybeans or corn. He plows the fields in the same manner letting his big tractor guide itself by the gps.