The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Agriculture and Energy 2011

March 26, 2011

Enid boasts historic skyline

— Enid is in the top three in the nation when it comes to grain storage.

Back in the 1980s and even before, Enid was known as the Wheat Capital of Oklahoma, due to its 80 million bushel storage capacity.

Enid has lost a little bit of storage capacity since then, but it is still up there in the top three, along with Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., and Hutchinson, Kan.

“(Today) I would say it’s a little over 65 million,” said Joe Hampton, Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association president, on Enid’s wheat storage capacity.

According to a National Register of Historic Places registration form completed in August 2008 for the city of Enid, there are eight terminal elevators contributing to the city’s grain storage capacity.

Enid Terminal Grain Elevators Historic District began in 1925 with the construction of Enid Terminal Elevator. The elevator was built by Jones-Hettelsater Construction Co. of Kansas City. Located at 1015 N. Van Buren, the elevator is 594 feet long and 60 feet wide.

The next elevator to be constructed was Southwest Terminal Elevator in 1926 and 1927. Also known as Feuquay and Salina Terminal Elevator, it is located west of North 10th between two branches of railroad tracks.

General Mills Terminal Elevator, also known as Elevator of General Grain Co., was built next.

Then, in 1930, Oklahoma Wheat Pool Terminal elevator, also known as Farmer’s National Grain Corporation Elevator and Continental Grain Co. Elevator, was constructed. The elevator has a storage capacity of 2.1 million bushels.

Union Equity Cooperative Exchange Elevators A and B were built next in 1931 and 1946-1949, respectively. Elevator A has a storage capacity of 7.65 million bushels, and Elevator B has a capacity of 11 million bushels.

The final two in the historic district to be constructed were Union Equity Cooperative Exchange elevators Z and Y. Elevator Z, built between 1949 and 1951, and Elevator Y, built between 1953 and 1954, can store a combined 31.6 million bushels.

Brent Kisling, executive director of Enid Regional Development Alliance, said it is important to highlight the fact Enid is still in the top three in nationwide grain storage capacity.

“In general, the reason we like to highlight (that) fact is it is proof we are a significant marketplace for agricultural products,” Kisling said. “From an economic development standpoint, it gives us more opportunities to delve into value-added agriculture even more than we have before.”

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