During my last visit to Nebraska, I stopped by the Waverly, Nebraska elevator complex. The elevator, built by Tillotson Construction of Omaha, Nebraska, was brighter than the rest, gleaming whitely in the sunshine and standing separately from the others. Tillotson Construction built this design in several cities, so it was instantly recognizable, even from a distance. It is a beauty.
The Farmers Cooperative Company operates the elevator. Colby Woods, who has worked for the cooperative for four years, currently specializing in agronomy and marketing, showed me the manhole covers. They are stamped “Tillotson Construction Co., 1955, Omaha, Nebr.” He was happy to share what he knew about the old building.
As with most of the old concrete elevators I have visited, few employees were still around who could remember when the elevator was new. But the people who helped me were very interested in the elevator’s history. It made for a very pleasant visit.