The drawings we have in hand from Tillotson Construction Co. include this plan for a 254,000-bushel reinforced-concrete grain elevator.
While the company built a number of elevators rated at 250,000 and 252,000 bushels, these were likely based on different drawings.
Otherwise, the records show just one elevator of 254,000 bushels–that’s 254,104 bushels, to be exact. It was built in 1950 at Palmer, Iowa.
A 252,000-bushel elevator went up the year before at nearby Pocahontas, Iowa.
The Palmer job was a single-leg elevator with 115-foot-tall tanks (silos) and a cupola measuring 23x60x40 feet. Fully loaded, its gross weight was 12,975 tons.
A dryer bin was included at the time of construction.