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The Wheeler / GLF Elevator

 
 
The Wheeler / GLF Elevator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. The Wheeler / GLF Elevator Marker
Inscription.
Image Source: Historic American Engineering Record. Jet Lowe, photographer, 1994.

The Wheeler Elevator, designed by H.R. Wait, was built in 1909 by the Monarch Engineering Company. The elevator had several unique features. It was the first elevator in Buffalo, and one of the first in America, to feature outer space "pocket bins", which utilized the pockets of space between the outside bins. It was also the only "modern" elevator that had open top bins, saving on construction costs and slightly increasing storage capacity, but increasing the likelihood of grain dust explosion. The elevator had a stationary marine leg and was designed to have an unloading capacity of 50,000 bushels per hour, the largest of all the Buffalo elevators.

The site was extensively developed after 1929, when the Cooperative Grange League Federation (GLF) purchased the elevator. A large animal feed mill was added to the site in 1930. A six bin, 300,000 bushel elevator and two story warehouse was added in 1936. The 1,000,000 bushel GLF "A" elevator was added in 1941. All the additions were designed by Allan H. Baxter, son of A.E. Baxter. At one point, the mill was large enough to load over 100 rail cars per day with cattle, hog, and poultry feed.
 
Erected by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc.
 
Location.
Marker and Companion Image Panels image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Marker and Companion Image Panels
42° 51.392′ N, 78° 52.126′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Fuhrmann Boulevard mile north of Ohio Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Standard Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Spencer Kellogg Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Saskatchewan Pool Elevator (here, next to this marker); The H-O Oats Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Marine "A" Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Lake and Rail Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Perot Malting Elevator (a few steps from this marker); The American Elevator (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
3. Northward
Marker is on the farthest cylindrical rebar skeleton, facing northbound traffic.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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