Concrete Elevators


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Title: Concrete Elevators

Author(s): Barney I. Weller

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 9

Issue: 12

Appears on pages(s): 338-347

Keywords: none

Date: 12/1/1913

Elevators as a means of housing and handling grain did not make their appearance until the latter part of the last century. The first real elevator of which there is any record is the "cribbed" wood type and there are still a good many of these elevators in existence. This type is interesting when it is considered that at one time an elevator of nearly 4,000,000-bushels capacity was erected complete, and almost totally filled with grain in a period of forty-four days. Of course, lumber was plentiful, no expense was spared and no restrictions were put on the builder. As the price of lumber advanced it became necessary to look for other material; the elevator operator and owner seeking a material which would lower appreciably the very high insurance rate on wood.