Unkown Elevator Enid OK

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  1. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I've been working on mapping out Enid, OK using this schematic as a guide:


    Enid is so well known for its wheat elevators that it has its own Wikipedia article:


    The problem I ran into tonight is there is one elevator I can see on google earth that isn't listed in the Wikipedia article and its not shown in the industry schematic for some reason. It is possible that I don't have the elevators marked quite right, google doesn't seem to have the addresses quite right in their system. What I'm looking at is the elevator in the pink-purple box that's off the former Frisco Perry Sub main. The first picture is to help establish the area and what I think are the surrounding elevators. The second is a closer shot. For what it's worth, the large rectangular building on the west side didn't exist until the 90's.

    Any ideas on what elevator this is?

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  2. mark

    mark Staff Member Staff Member


    In the overview image the Union Equity Elevators A are the two parallel elevators north and south of one another, just to the east off North 10th Street. Their head or work houses stand offset near the west end of the silos. Note the connecting conveyor belt bridges linking the elevator units head houses and horizontal galleries near their west end. They were constructed in five phases starting in 1931. Additions were built in 1935, 1940, 1941 and 1942. Combined they have a capacity of 7,600,000 bushels.

    Union Equity Elevator B is directly to the east of the Elevators A, just off North 16th Street. It was built in three phases starting in 1946, with extension additions added in 1947 and 1949. It is much longer with a capacity of 16,000,000 bushels. Its head or work house stands just offset to the west of the middle or center of its silos. It is the first elevator constructed with hexagon shaped storage silos. The then "new" design provided space saving, uniform capacity silos. Viewed from above the silos look like a bee hive design. Viewed from the side the silos have an vertical accordion bellows design appearance. The Union Equity elevators were each painted white.

    The General Mills Elevator is to the southeast of Union Equity Elevators A and southwest of Elevator B, in the pink-purple box you outlined. It was constructed starting in 1929. It had a capacity of 2,000,000 bushels originally. Its capacity was later supplemented with 3 large metal silos on its north side that have since been removed. Its head or work house stands to the east of its silos. The General Mills elevator is unpainted gray concrete. Originally, an adjoining flour mill was also planed for this location, but it was not built.

    The Frisco's siding, main and small three track yard are to the south of the elevators. The larger yard to the south is Santa Fe's 10th Street Yard. It consists of two groups of eight tracks numbered from the north, for a total of 16. The main Frisco yard and facilities at Enid are further west. Our depot, yard office and mechanical facilities were east and the yard west of North Van Buren Street / U.S. Highway 81. Steen is the junction to the east divirging to the northeast (Beaumont Subdivision) and southeast (Perry Subdivision).

    For most of its life, there were timetable notes that indicated the Perry Subdivision would use the Beaumont Subdivision between Steen and Enid. Further, it notes that Perry Subdivision trains would not require a clearance at Steen. This was because Steen was an unmanned or "blind" station. There was never a depot, tower or other office at this station.

    This would change and reverse in 1975. By that time the Beaumont Subdivision had lost its significance and would soon be severed as a through route. The Perry Subdivision had gained importance with increased transcontintal traffic. Therefore, the rolls would be reversed and after that time the Beaumont Subdivision would use the Perry Subdivision from Steen to Enid.

    Hope this helps.


    Last edited: Jul 19, 2021
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  3. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I was hoping I just had the locations wrong. Like I said, the address aren't very clear when you put them into google maps. Excellent breakdown of that group of elevators Mark, thanks a bunch.
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  4. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Frisco.org Supporter

    From Richard Crabtree's "Frisco Rails Across Oklahoma" page. Enid 1904 Sanborn Map. Enid-1904.jpg

    Another 1906 Map

    Enid 1906.jpg
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