Tofield, Alberta, Canada: "Dirty Shorts" Grain Elevator (Gone)

A cryptic message on an ancient grain elevator puzzles eastbound travelers. By 2018 it was too faded to read.

On Hwy 14 about 8.5 kilometers east of town. North side of the road. The writing is on the west side, so if you are driving west you may miss it.

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"Dirty Shorts" Grain Elevator

Dirty Shorts sign is very faded and not worth the stop in my opinion.

[Mark Arnold, 07/07/2018]
Dirty Shorts Grain Elevator

The elevator was originally called "Shonts," a one-house location lived in by the elevator agent. One Halloween some local boys changed the name to "shorts." Several years later some younger boys were more daring and managed to paint the word "dirty" above the word "shorts."

I have this information from personal experience! The elevator is owned by a local farmer.

[anonymous, 02/14/2008]

Dirty Shorts.

"Dirty Shorts" Grain Elevator

This grain elevator is on Highway 14 near Tofield, Alberta, Canada. It is one of the last old-fashioned grain elevators left. I don't know why it has this message painted on the western face of the building, and I wasn't able to get any clarity from any of the locals I spoke to, but it is presumed that somebody had the you-know-what scared out of them.

[Nicky Pearson, 07/22/2001]

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