Grain elevator comes down
The Ogden Federal Elevator was completed in the fall of 1915 as one of three Dominion Government Elevators. It featured a storage house of 56 circular bins that could hold 2,000,000 bushels of grain, enough to fill more than 28 Olympic-sized swimming pools. At the time, it was reported to have cost between $1-3 million.
The current owner of the Ogden Federal Elevator, Cargill, announced in December 2010 that the elevator would be closing. The company said that the decision was "based on Cargill's commitment to maintaining safe, cost-effective and efficient facilities in the communities in which it operates."
Several roads were closed for the blast, including portions of northbound and southbound Deerfoot Trail. All roads were reopened within a few minutes of the demolition.
Hundreds of people gathered around the demolition site before the explosives inside were detonated.
Red tape lined the part of the perimeter of the area, cautioning people of the elevator's impending gloomy fate.
The elevator was demolished by a controlled implosion. This process involves drilling holes into the structure. The holes are then paired with strategically placed explosives that cause the building to collapse on itself.
Several bangs echoed during the collapse of the 98-year-old building. Clouds of dust were forced through its sides as the elevator compressed.
Hundreds of small explosives were used to demolish the historic Ogden Federal Elevator.
The elevator's fall resembled a tree being chopped. Its ruin was followed by an eruption of applause and cheering from the crowd. "That was awesome," many said.
The concrete and brick elevator tower stood 20 stories high in its prime. Its height was reduced to several feet in a matter of seconds.
Cargill will put the land up for sale once the area has been cleaned. That process is expected to take several months.
Photos by: Kalyn Gilbert