In days gone by, agriculture communities were built near railways. At harvest time farmers took their grain to these grain elevators. The elevator owners would store the grain until the price was right and then load it onto rail cars for shipment to distant lands. In the present day, the farmers store their grain in large bins on the farm, and when the price is right they take it via semi truck to a grain broker. I don't know if the farmers ever know when the price will be right. They seem to always be waiting: for the right price, right time, right weather.
This grain elevator is abandoned and no longer used. Trains pass it by, no longer needing to stop. Time marches on. We had to stop and admire this grand structure - the paint job was interesting!