Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Electric Elevator Annex
The Industrial Heritage Trail
Image Source: Historic American Engineering Record. Jet Lowe, photographer, 1994.
The oringinal Electric Elevator, built in 1897, was one of the first elevators to use electricity as a power source. The original construction consisted of nineteen freestanding cylindrical steel bins capable of holding nearly two million bushels of grain.
In 1938, the Cargill Corporation bought the elevator from the Great Eastern Corporation. In 1940, with demand for grain storage high, the six million bushel concrete elevator annex was constructed. From outside, the annex resembles conventional cylindrical bins. However, the interior is divided into just six interior storage halls separated by a central row of fifteen cylindrical bins. The grain was piled inside and moved by power shovels into tunnels below. This design was a radical departure from conventional storage practice, and provided storage at a cost of only eight cents per barrel, less than half the cost of a conventional elevator.
Cargill continued to use the elevator for the next two decades, eventually closing it in 1968. The original steel bins were demolished in 1984, leaving only the annex.
Erected by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc.
Location. 42° 51.385′ 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 Cargill Superior Elevator (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 (a few steps from 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.
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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 161 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 23, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.