In doing research for this photo I found the oldest map that had this location labeled was a 1849 map. At that time this area was part of the Buffalo Creek Indian Reservation and was called Wheelbarrow Point. It is located on Buffalo River just south of the downtown in the old first and thirteenth wards. The area to the left was/is Red Jacket Point. http://www.archivaria.com/GdDhistory/Buffalo1849.jpg
In the center you see Concrete Central grain elevator. Concrete Central was built between 1915 and 1917 at the height of World War I. Due to its being the largest grain elevator in the world and concerns about German sabotage, Concrete Central's method of construction was top secret. The facility was utilized for grain storage until 1966. Concrete Central stretches along the Buffalo River for almost a quarter of a mile and was the largest transfer elevator in the world at the time of its completion in 1917. It is also the largest elevator ever built in the Buffalo area.
Concrete Central has been derelict and unused for years now and is a shadow of its former self.
On the left, on Red Jacket Point, are two rail bridges called CP Draw. One is permanently raised in need of significant repairs. The bridge on the right is called River Bridge.
This photo was taken from Red Jacket park on a late December day just before dusk.
December 29th, 2014
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