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April 24, 2012 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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By Don Kruse, Editor
My, how times flies.
My recollection of the old grain elevator goes back to the days when I threw the morning papers. It seems like yesterday when freights and passenger trains were busy on the riverfront. Those thoughts came back Saturday morning when they held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, dedicating Jim Dierberg’s latest project.
I couldn’t count the number of times I walked past the tin mill and elevator on my way to the train station. The tin mill and elevator on First and Gutenberg was as tall as any building gracing the city’s skyline.
A rail spur crossed East First Street (Highway 100), and connected the mill/elevator with the MFA Exchange, now The Tin Mill Brewery. Boxcars would deliver feed to the exchange, where you could not only buy flour, seed and feed, but also chickens and eggs.
(Read the rest of the column in this week’s Advertiser-Courier newspaper)