The commercial grain elevator was invented in the mid- 1800s by American inventors as a response to the growing need for a more efficient means of loading, unloading and storing large amounts of grain. Before elevators, grain was stored in sacks or piles in long, single story warehouses, called flathouses. Just as steam-driven railroads replaced the less efficient horse and wagon as transportation, so the steam-powered grain elevator revolutionized grain storage by making possible cost effcctive vertical instead of horizontal storage.
With help from the Union Pacific Railroad , the Town of Eastlake was platted in 1911 as an agricultural community to serve the social and economic needs of western Adams County. Three year s later, a group of local farmers and business members built the Eastlake Grain Elevator. In 1920, another group formed the East Lake Farmers Co-Operative Elevator Company and built the elevator that you see today.
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