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The Giant Elevator: 1943

The Giant Elevator: 1943

March 1943. "The giant Santa Fe R.R. 10 million bushel grain elevator, Kansas." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.


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I wonder if Jack was up on top of this when he took ? If the latitude and longitude from Anonymous Tipster are to be believed, it would be in about the right spot. (About the only other explanation I can think of for the angle in 14960 is that he climbed one of the yard's light towers.)

The Great Grain Elevator

My dad worked 50 years in the Santa Fe Elevator A in the Argentine rail yards. The elevator had many grain companies lease the facility during the years, with some of the companies as Burris Mills, Continential Grain & the final one was Cargill. My dad was the weighmaster and his floor was 3rd row of windows from the top. I spent many days up there with him looking out over Kansas City.

Out in the Yard

And this is how it looks today

Nothing lasts forever.

Latitude: 39.0862 Longitude: -94.68742


"This site is the former location of a large grain elevator located within the Argentine Yard Railroad facility. The elevator was demolished in 1996, the cement foundation covered by approximately 5 feet of rock ballast and overlaid by closely spaced railroad tracks."

It's Gone

This grain elevator is now gone. It was located in the middle of the Santa Fe Railway's large Argentine Yard in Kansas City, KS. When the Santa Fe's corporate successor decided to rebuild and enlarge the Argentine Yard, it was demolished to make room for a larger yard.


I wonder if this is the type of photo that they would have censored in the wartime Soviet Union because it represented almost unthinkable wealth and resources -- just like they censored the movie "The Grapes of Wrath" because of the suggestion that Americans who were wealthy enough to own a truck were still considered to be living in poverty.

Where is this?

Can anyone identify where this is? Grain elevators are hard to demolish, so it is probably still there.

And I thought

I could almost hear the opening bars of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning."

The "hobo"

That's a brakeman signaling the engineer. Used to be called "decorating" as they walked the tops of cars.

Here is my Ripple, here is my snout

Dig the crazy hobo on the boxcar doing I'm a Little Teapot.

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