ONE MAN ELEVATOR SILO CITY GRAIN ELEVATOR BUFFALO NY
Deep in the silos there are these long belts that travel from bottom to top on different floors in the buildings. These belts have at intervals a step and hand hold for the workers to use as a one man elevator traveling through the floor to the level they want to be. I can't imagine doing this and there is no way to make this type of elevator today with OSHA and labor laws. So how would you ever see this? In Abandoned Places standing still just as they were when the work stopped. These places once provided jobs in the local areas where the workers raised families. Abandoned Photography is about exploring as much as photographing things. Finding this and trying to imagine how this worked gives an appreciation to how much better things are today or maybe not. How many people traveled along this belt hanging on as they are moving through the air above the machinery they worked with. The holes a little larger than a manhole would not allow for large people. It sure would have been faster to get around these buildings as I found there were no clear ways to get around the floor layout. Huge wheels, tubing, belts, sprockets, lifts and other machinery needed to be where it was to make the Silos work. I like to set my camera down and walk around looking things over however, I suggest you don't go far enough you loose site of you gear. A place as large and complex as Silo City you can get turned around and have to look for your gear. Silo City is near the area where the workers lived. This area 1st Ward is an interesting place. Small houses in nice neighborhoods have color and style. As I drove to the silos early in the morning I noticed some interesting buildings that need to be photographed and since I travel to Buffalo on a regular basis I intend to check this out and see what I find. And I'll stop in McCarthy's for a little lunch.