Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Marine “A” Elevator
The Industrial Heritage Trail
Image Source: Historic American Engineering Record. Jet Lowe, photographer, 1990.
The Marine 'A' Elevator, constructed in 1925, is actually the third Marine elevator built by the Abell family of Buffalo. The original wooden Marine elevator, built in 1881, was located beside the Hatch Slip at its junction with the Buffalo River. It had a capacity of 150,000 bushels; a wooden annex added in 1894 added another 500,000 bushels of storage.
When the time came to expand again, the Abell family acquired an undeveloped site high up on the Buffalo River for construction of a new elevator, rather than attempt to construct more capacity at their existing site. When the new concrete elevator was built in 1925, it became known as the Marine "A", and the original wooden elevator was called the Marine "B".
The elevator was designed by the James Stewart Company, with A.E. Baxter acting as supervising engineer. The Marine "A" had a capacity of over two million bushels. Its greatest advantage - the rapid handling of grain - made the elevator very desirable to shippers. In 1954, the elevator was purchased by the Norris Grain Company, which operated it until 1962.
Erected by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc.
Location. 42° 51.388′ 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 Lake and Rail Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Perot Malting Elevator (here, next to this marker); The H-O Oats Elevator (here, next to this marker); The American Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Saskatchewan Pool Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Cargill Superior Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Wheeler / GLF Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Spencer Kellogg Elevator (here, next to 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 21, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.