Dassel in Meeker County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
West End Elevator
Symbolic of agriculture, Dassel's lifeline, the West End Elevator is commonly known to its users as the Dassel Farmers' Elevator. Since its construction in 1885, the area's farmers have brought their corn, oats, wheat, beans, flax, rye, and barley to be stored. From this crossroads the grain has been shipped by rail on its journey to feed the world.
The structure is of "crib construction" — interlaced milled lumber stacked horizontally. Thirteen storage bins in the interior hold a combined capacity of 20,000 bushels. The style is typical of many early small elevators that once dotted the landscape along the railroads.
Yankee settlers and Scandinavian immigrants felled the trees of the Big Woods around Dassel to make the land productive for corn and small grains. The city was platted in 1869 with the arrival of the railroad and was named by James J. Hill for his friend and employee, Bernard Dassel. Today the Dassel region is nationally famous for its seed companies, chicken hatcheries, small industries, and more than 40 recreational lakes.
The West End Elevator is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected 1985 by the residents of Dassel.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 45° 4.768′ N, 94° 18.657′ W. Marker is in Dassel, Minnesota, in Meeker County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Street and Atlantic Avenue West, on the right when traveling south on 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dassel MN 55325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dassel Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chief Little Crow (approx. 7.3 miles away); Kingston Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away); Daniel A. Cross (approx. 9 miles away); Site of Forest City Stockade (approx. 10.9 miles away); Forest City War Memorial (approx. 11.4 miles away); a different marker also named Chief Little Crow (approx. 13 miles away); Cupola Restoration Project (approx. 13.1 miles away).
Regarding West End Elevator. The 1885 West End Elevator was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as #85000556 on March 14, 1985. Two years later on February 8, 1987, it was lost to fire by careless smoking and removed from the listing on November 30, 1987.
Also see . . .
1. Minnesota Historical Society. West End Elevator. (Submitted on August 24, 2014.)
2. Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Photos of the Farmer's Elevator Company building before and after the fire. (Submitted on August 24, 2014.)
Additional keywords. Farmers Elevator Company
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.