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From the building of the Erie Canal in 1825 through the completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959, Buffalo was the primary transshipment point between lake freighters carrying Midwest grain and railroad cars bound for the East Coast and beyond.

Grain elevators enabled grain to be off-loaded from ships, stored and loaded onto railcars and trucks.

Grain elevators were modernized in Buffalo, and the city's famous for its large number of the structures, the largest group of them in one location in the world.

These iconic industrial buildings were a mainstay of Buffalo's economy for decades, and were influential on 20th Century architecture, for both form and materials.

Almost all of Buffalo's grain elevators are vacant and unused, though new uses are being found for these large structures.

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