The Concrete Central Elevator

The Concrete Central Elevator (HM1M3K)

Location: Buffalo, NY 14203 Erie County
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N 42° 51.386', W 78° 52.117'

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Image Source: Historic American Engineering Record. Jet Lowe, photographer, 1994. The Concrete Central Elevator is located between the Buffalo River and the track of the former New York Central Railroad. It is the furthest upstream of any elevator along the Buffalo River. The elevator was financed by Eastern Grain Mill & Elevating Company, and designed by Harry Wait, engineer of the Monarch Engineering Company of Buffalo. The elevator, built in five sections from 1915 to 1917, is a quarter of a mile long. It was the largest transfer elevator in the world upon its completion. Its 268 bins could store 4.5 million bushels of grain. The Concrete Central was the only elevator able to simultaneously unload three lake freigher, load four canal boats, and load up to 85 rail cars. The elevator was sold to the Continental Grain Corporation in 1944, and remained a functioning transfer elevator until 1969. Subsequently, it was used to store surplus grain, and closed in 1973.
HM NumberHM1M3K
Placed ByThe Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc
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Date Added Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 674132 N 4747075
Decimal Degrees42.85643333, -78.86861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 51.386', W 78° 52.117'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 51' 23.16" N, 78° 52' 7.02" W
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Area Code(s)716
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 851-863 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14203, US
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Marker less than 4 years old. As V. President of the Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc. we sponsored & edited these Markers in conjunction with the NYSDOT for the Industrial Heritage Trail.

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