The late 1970s were good times for Alberta’s farmers and for one of the major western Canadian grain companies – AWP.A few years of bumper crops and high grain prices kept the wooden elevator network humming and added well to the profits of the Pool.
Out of three examples built of this version, only two remain; one in Fort Saskatchewan, and one in Magrath.
Bowden has a long history dating back to 1887 when homesteaders arrived and constructed the Brewster House hotel.
Incorporated as a village in 1904 and, as a Town in 1981, the Town of Bowden celebrated its Centennial in 2004.
With some of the surplus profit, AWP decided to do some design work with an engineer from Edmonton, by the name of Klaus “Nick” Drieger.
Drieger and his company, Buffalo Engineering Ltd., drew up the initial concepts of the new concrete grain elevator – to be built with large modular precast concrete pieces and clad with pre-finished metal panels.