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Aug. 6, 1949: Buffalo’s grain elevators at near-record capacity

These days, it seems like just about everyone has some sort of opinion on what should be done with Buffalo’s remaining hulking grain elevators.

Sixty-five years ago, the answer was far simpler: Fill them with grain!

Buffalo was experiencing “the greatest grain jam in history,” as the stockpile of 20 million bushels of grain was climbing very quickly, by boat and rail, to the capacity of 24 million bushels.

These photos show grain being unloaded from rail cars by hand and from boat by electric elevator.

'Pouring grain'

“One day recently Pennsy (The Pennsylvania Railroad) alone had 701 loaded grain cars in Buffalo.”





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