I treated myself to a ride on the Miss Buffalo Grain Elevator History Cruise. It was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon and the boat rode up and down the Buffalo River and canals past literally dozens of industrial and grain elevators, some long vacant and others still in use. It's often difficult to get to these structures by car, and seeing them up close and from the water was amazing. There was a downside. The tour narration was rambling and amateurish, with a 70/30 mix of nonsense to interesting information. I'd have preferred silence. But visually, it was a treat, especially to someone like me who is drawn to the strange beauty of decay.

1 comment:

WJB said...

Might be interested in the book by William J. Brown "American Colossus: the Grain Elevator 1843-1943" (Colossal Books, 2009).