Monday, April 20, 2009

Grain elevator in Weehawken, New Jersey

On page 216, I mention that a pioneering grain elevator with steel bins was built by the New York, West Shore and Buffalo Railroad in Weehawken, New Jersey, in 1901. Though the deed was issued in 1901, the elevator itself wasn't built until 1904-1905. Designed by George M. Moulton & Company (Chicago, Illinois), the West Shore Elevator was a steel-framed structure with brick curtain walls. It was nearly 200 feet tall and was capable of storing 2 million bushels of grain in its rectangularly shaped steel bins. It stood until 1968, when it was demolished.

Above: a nice picture of it. Note the marine tower (for unloading ships) and the ten marine spouts (for loading grain into ships) on the side of the structure that is visible to us.

Here's another nice picture, but from a different angle.

1 comment:

  1. America as an economic powerhouse. Elevator done in by St. Lawrence Seaway which also claimed Buffalo as a victim