Grain Elevators
Grain elevators, operated with steam power starting in the 1840s, sped up the process of unloading grain from trains and boats and kept the grain safe and dry before it was sold. The striking structures, often prominent in the landscape, also sometimes served as an iconic symbol of American abundance and ingenuity.

For a further abundance of grain storage-related images from the Library of Congress, view grain elevators documentation from the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, and sample the variety of grain elevator and grain silo images from other collections.
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