Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Cargill Superior Elevator
The Industrial Heritage Trail
Image Source: Historic American Engineering Record. Jet Lowe, photographer, 1990.
The Superior Elevator, as it was originally known, was built in 1915 by the Monarch Engineering Company for the Husted Milling Company. A.E. Baxter was the supervising engineer. It was built to replace an earlier concrete elevator that was destroyed by an explosion. During the elevator's construction, the Husted Milling Company became the Superior Elevating Company. The Superior was the first elevator in Buffalo built in the winter, rather than during the more favorable summer building season.
The elevator was expanded in 1919, and again in 1925. Cargill Corporation purchased the elevator in 1939, and used it as a transfer point between reat Lakes shipping and railroad lines to New York. Cargill Corporation continued to use the elevator as a grain storage facility until the 1960s, when the Saint Lawrence Seaway rendered its Buffalo location obsolete.
In 1953, the American Society of Civil Engineers selected the Cargill Superior Elevator as one of seven Western New York Engineering landmarks.
Erected by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc.
Location. 42° 51.385′ N, 78° 52.12′ W. Marker is in Buffalo 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 Electric Elevator Annex (here, next to this marker); The American Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Concrete Central Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Perot Malting Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Lake and Rail Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Marine "A" Elevator (here, next to this marker); The H-O Oats Elevator (a few steps from this marker); The Saskatchewan Pool Elevator (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.