A sentinel of the prairies is returning to High River, sort of.

Mayor Craig Snodgrass says council's approved funds for a replica grain elevator to go in Rotary Park, south of the Museum of the Highwood and the Dining Car at High River Station (formerly the Whistle Stop Cafe).

"The elevator's being donated and it's going to be painted and kind of done in the history of one of High River's historic elevators so it'll be a real cool thing that's going to sit there and pay tribute to our history with our elevators and our agricultural history ," he says.

The elevator was built and donated by Einar Fanson who'll be recognized at the site with a plaque.

Up to $5,000 will come from the town's Public Art Fund for any expenses.

Other sites that had been looked at were Sheppard Family Park, the Museum of the Highwood, Town Hall and Pioneer Square.

Mr. Franson was pleased with the site at 506 1st. Street Southwest.

The replica elevator currently sits at the Town Operations yard awaiting installation.


One of Einar Frasnon's grain elevator replicas