Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Spencer Kellogg Elevator
The Industrial Heritage Trail
Image Source: Historic American Engineering Record. Jet Lowe, photographer, 1994.
This 1,000,000 bushel elevator was completed in 1911 to supply Spencer Kellogg's linseed oil mill, the world's largest at the time. Unlike most of the elevators on the Buffalo River, the Spencer Kellogg facility did not handle raw grains for foodstuffs or mill flour. Instead, the company concentrated in the processing of non-combustible vegetable oils, particularly linseed oil.
The elevator was the only concrete elevator in Buffalo that featured railroad loading and unloading facilities directly below the bins, which was common in wooden elevators. It could also receive grain and load products by water by using an adjacent slip connected to the Buffalo River. However, as lake boats became larger, the ability to use the slip was lost.
A separate loading bin was added in 1912. In 1923, a five bin steel storage elevator was added (since demolished). Finally, in 1936, three 160-foot concrete bins - the tallest concrete silos in Buffalo - were added adjacent to the loading bin. The elevator was purchased by St. Mary's Cement in 1985, and is still in use as of 2012.
Erected by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc.
Location. 42° 51.391′ Touch 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 Wheeler / GLF Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Standard 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.