In SoCal, an elevator’s tall headhouse reminds us of Vinton Street in Omaha

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I’ve meant for a long time to stop at the grain elevator along Interstate 10 in Colton, California, and finally I did.

The elevator, which appears to date from the 1960s, has an elongated headhouse and reminds me in a way of our Vinton Street elevator in Omaha.

The Colton operation is one of 40 sites run by Ardent Mills, which is based in Denver. The elevator stands along the Union Pacific tracks between Riverside and Ontario. No one was to be seen late on a Sunday afternoon, but there was probably milling activity going on in another building: machinery hummed away. 

The elevator’s silos are multi-sided, which is different from anything Tillotson Construction Co. built. Could it be that the walls have greater bearing pressure with such a configuration?

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The headhouse is stepped and thrusts toward the sky above the Inland Empire. It would be good to know how long the leg is and why such a rise was necessary.

I tried to look from every angle and even climbed up to the top of a rail car for a picture without hurting myself.

More information about this handsome elevator will be shared as it’s revealed.

 

2 comments on “In SoCal, an elevator’s tall headhouse reminds us of Vinton Street in Omaha

  1. Doug Skaalrud says:

    Thank you for the excellent photos and information in your stories. I’m a model railroader and some of my layout is dedicated to the grain industry. The stories I get from your site provide a wealth of information that helps me accurately model facilities, vehicles, railroad equipment and people accurately. I also spend a lot more time looking at slip-form elevators when I drive around Minnesota. Living in St. Louis Park, MN, I’m less than a few miles away from that first slip-cast silo at Nordic Ware and ride my bike past it every day in the summer.

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