by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator
At one time a grain elevator, along with the train depot, was an important part of a town.
Located near railroad tracks, elevators stored the grain brought in by area farmers.
The tall wood structure is often the only remaining building of a town long gone.
At the turn of the century, many of the wood structures were replaced with concrete silos with more storage capacity and less susceptible to fire.
Today, the grain elevator, once a common part of the rural Kansas landscape, is disappearing.