Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Birthplace of the Grain Elevator
In 1842, the world's first steam powered elevator to transfer and store grain opened on this site. Buffalo merchant, Joseph Dart, and machinist, Robert Dunbar, built the elevator following precedents set by Oliver Evans. Its basic principles are still used in elevators along Buffalo's waterfront.
Erected 1990 by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc. Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.
Location. 42° 52.716′ N, 78° 52.972′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Erie Street west of Marine Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Industrial Heritage Trail (a few steps from this marker); Western New York Vietnam Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); This Purple Heart Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); This Memorial is Dedicated to All of the Service Members from WNY (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to the Memory of the Brave Men (about 400 feet away); Poland’s Contribution in the Second World War, 1939 - 1945 (about 500 feet away); USS Grenadier (SS210) (about 500 feet away); U.S. Submarine Veterans World War II (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Also see . . .
1. Grain Elevator. (Submitted on July 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Can These Eerie Abandoned Grain Silos Help Save Buffalo?. (Submitted on July 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. Marker missing and then found in the Erie Basin Marina.
After going missing around June 12th, this marker was found, about two weeks later in the water nearby. Police suspect whoever took it may have dumped it in the water when they realized how heavy it was.
— Submitted July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Additional keywords. Grain silos, bins; Niagara River; "Silo City"
Categories. Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.