Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Wheeler / GLF Elevator
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. 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 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Categories. • Agriculture • 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 163 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.