Prairie Skyscrapers

Jane Tarjeson
Issue Date: 
Summer 2008

Description is provided on the structure of the wooden grain elevators which once dotted the prairie landscape at towns along the railroads of Blue Earth County. The process of unloading, shelling and storing corn and small grain at the elevator, as well as shipment by rail from the elevator is explained. History is related for each elevator in the County as well as the fate of the elevator, often destruction by fire.

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