The abandoned Pool elevator in Whitkow, Saskatchewan.
This one is a nice combination of straight and sturdy mixed with weathered wood and peeling paint.
I stopped to talk with a young fellow who was making some repairs to a combine just down the road from the elevator. There had been an early snowfall and some of the farmers in the area (including him) still had crops in the fields to be harvested. The weather really has gone crazy over the past few years.
Velkommen to Concordia Lutheran Church, established in 1905.
The church is in good condition and the grounds are well maintained.
It was a nice surprise to see the bell still in the bell tower.
The church sits in a little meadow next to a farm yard.
The stained glass window above the front door. Overcast days make for the best photos of stained glass windows as it's much easier to control the light.
I'm used to seeing the old-fashioned type of altars in Lutheran churches but this one is of modern and artfully economical design. It looks very 1960-ish.
The patina on the wooden pews is second to none and a delight to see. Each pew consists of a tongue-in-groove back with a solid plank for each seat and end.
Looking towards the altar from the entrance. The church would comfortably seat over a hundred people.
Usually the basement of a Lutheran church has a "gathering place" with kitchen and tables for the parishioners to socialize over a meal. Not so in this case...these timbers keep the basement walls from collapsing. Good to see that someone cares. I hope it lasts for another century.
Photographed near Canwood, Saskatchewan on October 25, 2019.
Last week while driving along a road near Leipzig, Saskatchewan this statue unexpectedly came into sight as I neared the next crossroads. Gray sky to the east...
...and blue sky to the west.
The surrounding area of seventy-seven townships (over 2700 square miles) was mainly settled from 1905 to 1907 by German Catholic immigrants from the United States. They named it Saint Joseph's Colony.
It is a Saskatchewan Historic Site...and a captivating sight it is out on the open prairie. I enjoy researching an area for a road trip but no amount of research will tell you everything...and that's a good thing. I love coming across these "unexpected" treasures.
Information courtesy of GRHC (Germans from Russia Heritage Collection).