Monday, May 16, 2016

1958 Ephrata Grain Elevator Fire

Photograph by H. Cliff Baughman.

Courtesy of the Odessa Historisches Museum.

Ephrata lost some grain storage capacity in November 1958. Wheat dust can explode in the right conditions, and this is likely what happened here. Note all the wheat that has come out of the elevator, and the skeleton of the wood sided boxcar as well. Fires like this also happened at Quincy, Odessa, and Lauer.

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