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Badger State: 1900

Badger State: 1900

Buffalo, N.Y., circa 1900. "An old-timer at C.T.T. elevator." The Badger State at the Connecting Terminal grain elevator -- whose loading "leg" was a huge structure on wheels -- on the City Ship Canal, next to the Marine Elevator. View full size.

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Robert Mills history

That laker sandwiched between the Badger and canal boat was built in 1888 with a 256 by 40-foot wooden hull. Got a new 800 hp boiler in 1893. Sank and abandoned at Manitowoc but raised to become an automobile carrier named "Fellowcraft" in 1918. Abandoned again in 1929.

Wooden steamer

The steamer to the right of the Badger State is the Robert Mills, built in Buffalo in 1888. I cannot identify the canal barge.


What a nice shot! We can see every rivet on the tube! That ship at the right side seems made of wood.

American Colossus

This image appears in William Brown's book, "American Colossus: the Grain Elevator, 1843 to 1943" (Colossal Books, 2009).

I've got a mule and her name is Sal...

Both the Badger and the old Laker beside her are fascinating, however the little "Erie Canal barge" is amazing.

Badger State bio

Built in 1862 as a passenger/freight steamer.
Converted in 1905 to a floating pool hall.
Back to work in 1906 carrying lumber.
Burned and sank in 1909.
Now a popular wreck for divers in the St. Clair River, Michigan.

Amber Waves

This photo boggles my mind with all of its incredible detail and sharpness. It forces me to imagine what it was like to work inside one of the open windows in the grain elevators. What are the dangers that may lurk inside. Grain dust explosions or falling from heights hazards?

It begs for color!

Sis ahoy!

I believe her sister ship, the Empire State, was photographed in Duluth circa 1905.

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