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Engine House #5

The J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum

 
 
Engine House #5 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
1. Engine House #5 Marker
Inscription.  What Powered the Elevator?

Although gravity provides the force that moves grain downward from the farmer's wagon into the receiving bin, another type of force is needed to run the conveyor belt that lifts grain up in order to place it in one of the Elevator's storage bins. When the Elevator was first built it was powered by a steam engine located in this Engine House. That engine was replaced in the 1920s with a gas engine like the one you see through the window.

Notice the large belt on the far side of the engine. It connects the engine to a pulley used to turn a shaft that runs outside the Engine House and into the Elevator. The shaft is connected inside the Elevator to the conveyor belt that lifts grain up and into the storage bins.

Have you noticed that the Engine House, unlike the Scale House and the Elevator, is made of brick? Why do you think this was important?

(under flap:)

When the Elevator was in operation it raised a lot of dust from the all the grain that was moved around inside it. This made it highly susceptible to fire. It was therefore wise to house the
Engine House #5 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
2. Engine House #5 Marker
Mounted on the Engine House, which is part of the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum exhibit
engine - and any sparks it might emit - in a separate, fireproof, brick building.
 
Erected by J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
 
Location. 40° 15.65′ N, 89° 14.031′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker can be reached from 1st Street south of NW Race Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199-293 SW 2nd St, Atlanta IL 61723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scale House #2 (a few steps from this marker); Welcome #1 (a few steps from this marker); Box Car #6 (a few steps from this marker); The J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator (within shouting distance of this marker); Atlanta Public Library-Museum (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bushnell Grist Mill (about 500 feet away); Library Clock Tower (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
More about this marker. This is the fifth of six markers that are part of the self-guided tour at the J.H. Hawes Elevator Museum. (#3 and #4 are indoors)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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