Elevators, Silos, Chimneys, Landmarks
Casting Long Shadows
Boll Burners, Windmills & Towers
Elevator Images Agua
- Palm trees & silosColumbusConcordia
- "Edna Drying"EdroyEl
- Silos 3-19-10 Flagg
- Rice Elevators
Elevator and Approaching Train GrahamGroom
Far West, near Cypress. The Black Horse Country Club has the world's largest lawn
Millard Sorghum Silo of Nacogdoches by Robert Rand Russell
old red brick silo, sound and plumb as it was in 1915 due to the Old World craftsmanship
of John "Dutch" Heaberlin and the enterprising Jesse Millard, Sr., prevails as
a witness of East Texas history and prosperity...
More images of Texas grain elevators will be added as time permits.
They usually dwarf everything in town - including the courthouse if they're
found in a county seat. They stand shoulder to shoulder with water towers - and
they share the same trait of rugged individualism. They face storms with defiance
and stoic fatalism.
They're spread from Canada to Texas and all across
the Great Plains and into the Midwest. They are almost always located on the railroad
and in their native habitant they are spaced about ten miles apart. They are silos
on steroids - the evolutionary result of agricultural co-ops and giant farms.
They are so conspicuous in the rural landscape that they are hardly noticed
by the locals. The older wooden ones are endangered -and as they disappear one
at a time - hardly anyone notices or cares. They are joining icehouses, cotton
scales, and drive-in theaters.
Only a privileged few get to see what's
inside them - or what isn't. Remember Billie Sol Estes? Besides holding fictitious
soybeans, they can also hold the real item - along with sunflower and cotton seed,
rice, peanuts, corn and various grains. California might have some that hold pistachios
- and we're willing to bet that somewhere - perhaps outside of Houston, there's
one that holds those damn Styrofoam "peanuts."
So the next time you pass
through a town with a grain elevator look a little closer. Don't try to figure
out the maze of catwalks, ladders, hoses, trapdoors and octopus-like tubing -
the people who work there haven't figured it out either.
Here's our collection
of large buildings that may or may not hold grain.
© John Troesser