Sunday, May 13, 2018

1901 Irondale Grain Elevator north of Wisconsin Steel on Calumet River

(Satellite, the slip used to be just south of 108th. Wisconsin Steel filled it so that it could expand.)

This was one of two Irondale elevators along the Calumet River. C&NW served the other one.

Some aerial photos of Wisconsin Steel that show the elevator and a topo map are here.

Dwayne Stegner posted
Irondale elevators. The ship is the Harvester
[Comments indicate it was the International Harvester of Interlake Steel Boats.]
The Irondale Elevator, 107th Street and Calumet River, was built in 1901. It has a storage capacity of 1,000,000 bushels. In ten hours it can load 150 cars and unload 125 cars. It can load 60,000 bushels of grain per hour into vessels. The grain drying capacity is 75,000 bushels in twenty-four hours. This elevator is of concrete and steel construction, and is equipped with eight 2,000 bushel hopper scales. [October, 1914 B&O Magazine]
Now a single steel grain bin is marketed as 2 million bushels.

Rod Sellers posted
The Irondale Elevator, post card 1908, 107th Street and Calumet River, was built in 1901.This elevator was of concrete and steel construction, the largest grain cargo ever shipped from there contained 424,000 bushels. Shipped January 8, 1915. Originally constructed and operated by the Rosenbaum Grain Corp and later by the Norris Grain Co. March 4, 1949 Irondale Elevator was sold for $1.3 million. Bought by a farmers coop. Closed Sep 11, 1962 by government action. Wisconsin Steel demolished the grain elevator and filled in the slip so that Wisconsin Steel could expand.

n.a., Industry - Irondale Elevator, Southeast Chicago Historical Society (Illinois Digital Archives), 2022-05-01,
Tug W. L. Mercereau in Rock Island Slip on the west side of the Calumet River just south of 108th Street.  Irondale Elevator in background.  Slip was later filled in after purchase by Wisconsin Steel for expansion[. Later was the 1960s.] c1915.

1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

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