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Saskatchewan Grain Elevator Destroyed In Spectacular Drone Video

05/12/2015 06:44 EDT | Updated 05/13/2015 04:59 EDT

The little town of Rockhaven, Sask. saw a prominent landmark come tumbling down when its Pioneer grain elevator was destroyed on Monday.

And one farmer provided some spectacular drone's eye footage of the demolition.

Trevor Scherman captured video of the elevator just as a trackhoe ate away at its foundation and made it hurtle to the ground, kicking up a cloud of dust, CBC News reported.

"It's pretty amazing that it falls like that," he told CTV News.

The elevator was built in 1973 and it became something of a historical treasure in Rockhaven, as it was among the first grain handling points to take on a million bushels.

Now, only a single elevator remains in the community.

"I think everyone wasn't very happy that it happened," longtime farmer Debbie Duncan told CBC News of the demolition. "It's a sad thing."

She and her husband Pat have bought the last remaining elevator in the area, which used to be owned by the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.

"It's the last one here and it's not going anywhere," she said.

An iconic part of Saskatchewan's landscape, grain elevators have been in decline since 1950, when there were 3,035 primary ones, according to the University of Regina.

As of 2004 there were only 197 primary licensed elevators left.

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