Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in Atlanta, Ill., is the only known restored elevator museum in the U.S.
The head house of the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator in Atlanta, Ill. The Hawes Elevator Museum has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is the only such structure to receive that title in Illinois.
A wooden scale house/office and a brick engine house stand near the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum. Volunteers used old bricks to reconstruct the engine house, and the scale house was donated by another grain-handling company.
Over the course of three years, Deane May restored the 10 h.p. Fairbanks Morse gasoline engine used in the engine house.
This scale for outgoing grain, located inside the elevator, was made by M.H. Winslow Manufacturing in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Fairbanks Morse before restoration.
A Fairbanks Morse gasoline engine operated the belts, pulleys and shafts used to elevate the grain in the elevator.
The scale to weigh the loads of grain was manufactured by Chicago Scale Co. It was not original to the Hawes elevator.
This old wagon is stored inside the museum to demonstrate how grain was emptied from the horse-drawn wagons.