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Eastern Elevator: 1900

Eastern Elevator: 1900

Circa 1900. "Eastern elevator, Buffalo, New York." Ship: The Frank L. Vance. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Photo date and map

I think this photo is a little after 1900. A map from 1894 shows the layout of these elevators along the south side of the Buffalo River; the Eastern Elevator, linseed works, and Marine Elevator.

Another photo posted here, also dated 1900, no doubt shows the demolition of the old Eastern Elevator.

This must be depicting a new Eastern Elevator constructed on the same site.

What Gives

With the giant arms that seem to extend from the Eastern building? Something really foreboding about the whole picture so dark and cold looking. Thanks!

Cargill S

I wonder if this is the same grain elevator that is labeled "Cargill S" and still stands abandoned today? It's a great place to ride your bike to and explore.

Buffalo Mills and Elevators

This is a nice site about the mills and elevators in Buffalo. Many of the old elevators are still standing although most are abandoned.

Frank L. Vance: 1887-1910

Built in 1887 by W.H. Radcliffe at Cleveland. Wood hulled propeller driven vessel 257 feet long, displacing 1733 tons, load capacity of 1444 tons. Removed from service with the following notation: "Burned to water's edge twenty-five miles southwest of Ludington, Michigan, on October 4, 1910; crew rescued by Maggie Marshall. Vessel bound from a Lake Erie port with coal for Milwaukee; had put into Ludington for weather."

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